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Drawing on his book, Taking Penguins to the Movies: Ethnic Humor in Russia (Wayne State University Press) , Hunter College professor Emil Draitser gives an inspiring talk about the crucial social role of Jewish humor at the time of the modern-day exodus of Jews from Russia. Due to the absence of formal Jewish organizations in Soviet times, Jewish jocular was instrumental in creating a virtual community. The continuous exchange of humorous bits focusing on their shared predicaments helped Russian Jews to survive oppression, fight discrimination, reaffirm their Jewish identity, and strengthen the ties among their fellows-in-misfortune. It also reinforced the group’s boundaries and boosted its morale, helping to overcome the fear of making the life-altering decision to emigrate and start their lives anew.

 

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Free

 

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Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065

 

Phone:

1-212-774-5168

 

Web Site

http://www.russianamericanculture.com/events/literary-events/laughing-all-the-way-to-freedom/

 

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