Sunday, October 25 and Monday October 26, 2009


Theodore Albrecht

Kent State University


"'They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore': The Musical Humor of Kinky Friedman and His Texas Jewboys in Historical and Geographical Perspective"

Joyce Antler

Brandeis University


"One Clove Away From a Pomander Ball': The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Female Humor"

David Brodsky

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College


"Why Did the Widow Have a Goat in Her Bed? Midrash and the Making of Jewish Humor"

Giovanna Del Negro

Texas A&M University


"The Bad Girls of Jewish Comedy: Gender, Class, Assimilation, and Whiteness in Post WWII America"

Eliezer Diamond

Jewish Theological Seminary of America

"You Had to Be There: A Preliminary Taxonomy of Narrative Humor in Rabbinic Literature"

David Gillota

University of Wisconsin Platteville


"The New Jewish Blackface: African American Tropes in Contemporary Jewish Humor"

Peter Hass

Case Western Reserve University

"Massechet Purim"


Leonard Helfgott

Western Washington University

"Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Karl: Immigrant Humor and the Depression"


Charles David Isbell

Louisiana State University


"Humor in the Bible"


Jason Kalman

HUC-JIR, Cincinnati

"Heckling the Divine: Woody Allen, the Book of Job, and Jewish Theology"

Joan Latchaw & David Peterson

University of Nebraska at Omaha

"Jewish Humor, Comedy, and Collaborative Resistance in Mel Brooks' To Be or Not to Be"

Michael Rubinoff

Arizona State University


"Nuances and Subtleties in Jewish Film Humor"


Joanna Sliwa

Clark University


"The Creation of Polish Public Perception of Jews through Jewish Humor"