Ida B. Wells fellow to discuss black women and comedy

Rachel Marciano
October 05, 2017

On Oct. 9, DePaul's new Ida B. Wells-Barnett postdoctoral fellow, Jalylah Burrell, will host her inaugural lecture on the Lincoln Park Campus. Sponsored by the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, Burrell's lecture, "Laughing Matte: Black Women, Power and the Punchline," considers how black women humorists from the 1970s to the present have complicated what it means - creatively, socially, and politically - to crack jokes and crack up. The event is free and open to the DePaul community.  

During the talk, Burrell will discuss how black women comedians use humor to challenge the perceptions of black women and to expand the possibilities of what comedy can do. A graduate of Yale University and scholar of media and cultural studies, Burrell will begin teaching at DePaul in the winter quarter.

Laughing Matters: Black Women, Power and the Punchline
Monday, Oct. 9
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cortelyou Commons

Questions may be directed to Amor Kohli