EWC Seminars Live: Combating Bigotry with Satire Briefing


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When: Sep 22 2020 - 4:00pm until Sep 22 2020 - 5:15pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center Seminars and Journalism Program invites you to attend
EWC Seminars Live:

Combating Bigotry with Satire Briefing

Tuesday, September 22 | 4:00 – 5:15pm, Hawaii

Comedy, in its worst and best forms, helps societies test what it means to say “us” and what lines we can or cannot bear crossing. Precisely because of its ability to poke fun at those in power or serve as segue into meaningful commentary, satire is both clearly visible and applauded in film and television, from The Muslims are Coming to The Last Man Standing. That said, the #OscarsSoWhite movement which followed on from #BlackLivesMatter, has shed light on the lack of diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry as well as the ongoing use of racial, religious, and gendered stereotypes, which normalize prejudice. Hear well-known comedians discuss the power of comedy and satire in informing audiences and combating religious and racial bigotry while also touching on the challenges of poking fun at belief systems or provocative social issues.

As EWC Seminars Live briefings are intended to build American and international journalists’ networks and inspire future stories, speaker remarks will be publicly accessible, but Q&A will be restricted to working journalists who will address their questions directly to the speakers. Interested journalists must indicate their desire to participate in the closed Q&A on the registration form. Journalists be notified via an email from Center staff.


Speakers: (listed in speaking order)

  • Ashley DEE, Comedian and Activist, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA @ashleydeecomedy
  • Dean OBEIDALLAH, Comedian, Writer and Co-director, The Muslims are Coming; and Host, "The Dean Obeidallah Show" On SiriusXM, New York City, New York, USA @DeanObeidallah
  • Jenny YANG, Comedian, Actor, and Executive Show Editor, “Last Man Standing,” Los Angeles, California, USA  @jennyyangtv



  • Jaweed KALEEM, National Correspondent, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA @jaweedkaleem


To register, visit www.eastwestcenter.org/EWCSeminarsLive


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Jaymen Laupola