Rhetoric Week Cross Cultural Comedy Night

Thursday, February 21, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lone Mountain Main 100 - Handlery Room
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Hunt, Jonathan
Rhetoric and Language

Rhetoric Week 2013: Comedy (and Cross-Cultural Communication) Night

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7-9 p.m., Handlery Room (LM 100)

As part of Rhetoric Week 2013, the Department of Rhetoric and Language has invited two Bay Area stand-up comedians to be part of an evening performance/panel on the relationship between comedy and cross-cultural communication. Also on the panel will be USF students and a faculty member.

The performances and panel will focus on questions of interest to the Department of Rhetoric and Language and, we think, to USF students. These questions include:

  • Can comedy have an agenda? Can it persuade or make an argument, or is it just entertainment?
  • What can comedy teach us about public speaking?
  • How does comedy negotiate issue of language and identity?
  • How do we know what’s appropriate and what’s out of bounds?

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a stand-up comic/public speaker/storyteller, television host, and proud nerd. She graduated (twice) from MIT, and worked in finance and tech before becoming a comedian. She wan a New England Emmy for her work as host of the television show “High School Quiz Show” (WGBH), was featured as part of  KQED’s “Black History Month,” and has appeared on the NPR show “Snap Judgment.” For the last three years, she has performed at Sketchfest, and she has performed and led public speaking workshops at MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan.

George Chen is a comedian, writer, and musician. He has performed at The Porchlight story telling series, The Business, SF Sketchfest, and Holy F*ck in Los Angeles. He produces the legendary weekly comedy series The Cynic Cave in the basement of Lost Weekend Video he has produced comedy shows in a comic book store, an art gallery, and on a moving bus. He will be MCing at the SFMoMA closing event on June 1st.

More about Rhetoric Week:

The Department of Rhetoric and Language presents Rhetoric Week 2013 (Feb. 19-22), a series of events highlighting the study, practice, and art of rhetoric at USF and beyond.

Rhetoric Week 2013 has a special focus on celebrating student work in the context of the diverse rhetorical landscapes of USF, the Bay Area, and the world.

What is rhetoric? Rhetoric means stating your case; it means argument and persuasion. It also means listening to others, evaluating their arguments—perhaps to find weaknesses or resist manipulation, but also to work together to solve problems, to investigate the world around us, to explore who we are as a community.

To study rhetoric is to ask how we use communication to help and to harm others, how we use language struggle against each other and to work together to make the world a better place. The study of rhetoric helps us to think more clearly, to become better listeners, to be more responsible participants in a discussion, to be more thoughtful, more skilled, and more versatile communicators.

Download (429.8K) Rhet Week Mock Poster.pdf

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