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2016 Meeting

SVHE 92nd Annual Meeting | July 13 - 17, 2016

Oberlin College, Oberlin,OH

The Politics of Dissent:

Satire, Sarcasm, and Spite in Civil Society

Featured Speakers


Wednesday, July 13

Sophia McClennen

The Future of our Democracy: Satire, Millenials, and Social Democracy

Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University and is the author of Is Satire Saving Our Nation? co-written with Remy Maisel (Palgrave 2014), Colbert's America:Satire and Democracy(Palgrave 2013).


Thursday, July 14
 Rebecca Schuman

Decoding Civility, Achieving Discourse

Rebecca Schuman a journalist and essayist whose work on education, Germany, literature and popular culture regularly appears in Slate and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the author of the forthcoming comic memoir Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Awkward Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations Only They Have Words For (Flatiron Books/Macmillan, Feb. 2017), as well as the academic book Kafka and Wittgenstein (Northwestern University Press, 2015). She received her PhD in German from the University of California-Irvine in 2010 and spent four years on the fringes of academia before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in St. Louis.


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