The uneasy intersection between journalism, comedy and race has been hotly debated among cultural critics and political pundits. The use of racial jokes in news parody and political satire can open up dimensions of freedom and transparency that can be absent from the narrow frames of journalistic discourse framing moral and political debates. However, while it can set the stage for subversion and democratic engagement, it can also reinforce disturbing racial and ethnic stereotypes. In this brief talk, Minelle Mahtani will explore this complex tension through an analysis of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” paying particular attention to the way the show demonstrates an ambivalent anti-racism. Dr. Mahtani will trace this ambivalence through an analysis of a clip from the show, and accompanying interviews conducted with webmasters who run the site “Love, InShAllah” and “Fake News Junkies” to show that the programme can invigorate an oppositional movement to dominant media practices of misrepresentation.
- This series, co-sponsored by Green College UBC and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan, presents innovative artists and scholars from across North America who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary creative and critical practice.
- April 15, 2014Astrobiologist Haley Sapers' ('12-'13) research paper "Enigmatic tubular features in impact glass" is published in Geology. A related article in Science asks: could early life on Earth have been fostered in meteorite impact craters?
- March 13, 2014Ann Jones is interviewed in The Tyee by Deborah Campbell on the impact that the war in Afghanistan has had, citing the "militarized economic/political system" in the US and changes to development aid (in both US and Canada) as key issues impacting some of the hopeful changes occurring for women and children in Afghanistan.
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.
- Audio recording of Jillian Christmas and Chris Gilpin (Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings series)September 20, 2013On Wednesday, September 18, poetry-slam champion Jillian Christmas was joined by Chris Gilpin for live readings at Green College.