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Philosophy Drive-In/Symposium: “The Rougher Side of Humor: How Far is too Far?”

April 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT

Drive-In/Symposium Details

In this combo symposium-drive-in night, we’ll have a free-wheeling discussion about contemporary humor, looking at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave Chapelle.

After watching some video clips, we’ll explore and discuss such questions as:

  • What is the role (or point) of humor? 
  • What’s the difference between an offense and a harm?
  • What makes comedy great?
  • Is there a difference between using a word and mentioning a word and does it matter? 
  • Do comedians have certain obligations?  What about listeners? 
  • And more…

This event will feature special guest speaker/facilitator and professor of philosophy from San Diego State University, Dr. J. Angelo Corlett.

When & Where

This community gathering led by philosopher Dr. J Angelo Corlett will take place indoors in the Conference Center (in Reeder’s Alley) on Wednesday, April 13th 2022. FREE & open to the public (18+ years old/mature audiences).  

Workshop Details

Date: Wednesday, April 13th 2022
Time: 7pm – 9pm MT
Where: 101 Reeder’s Alley (Conference Center)

Registration Info

RSVP: Coming in 2022…
Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
Other: Light Snacks Provided

**As a nice analog to this community activity, Dr. Corlett will also be holding a discussion at Carroll College as part of the Philosophy Now Speakers Series the night prior to this where he’ll focus on the ethics and legality of politically correct speech and the relationship of this speech to freedom of expression.  This lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00pm in the Carroll College Student Center located at 1601 N. Benton Ave.  It is free and open to the public.  Learn more here!**

Drive-in/Symposium Facilitator

Dr. J. Angelo Corlett is a professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University specializing in ethics and epistemology. He writes on and teaches Philosophy of Law, Epistemology, Plato, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics from an analytical approach. With regard to ethics, Angelo specializes in Moral Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Political Philosophy and Legal Philosophy, inclusive of the following foci: apology, capital punishment, civil disobedience, ethics of illegal drugs, forgiveness, hate speech, immigration, indigenism, international law, justice, Latino/a identity, legal interpretation, philosophy of sport, political violence, privacy, punishment, race, racism, reparations, responsibility, rights, secession, and terrorism.  He has authored more than 100 books and articles on these and other topics and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Academic EthicsSport, Ethics, and Philosophy; and the Journal of Ethics.


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April 13, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
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