The Rougher Side of Humor: How Far is Too Far?
Wednesday, April 13th 2022 (7pm-9pm)
Special Guest: Dr. J. Angelo Corlett
Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center
(101 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59601)
**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!**
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.
FREE & open to the public (18+ years old/mature audiences). Program directed by Marisa Diaz-Waian & Dr. Barry Ferst.
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 Ethics; Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy; and the Journal of Ethics.
Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series
Our 2018-2019 Philosophy Symposium Series — “The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” — was a three-part series of community events that looked at various philosophical issues and perspectives related to the environment, ethics, and conservation stewardship. Each symposium featured guest panelists, a facilitator, and ample opportunity for free-flowing audience-panelist discussion. To watch/listen to the symposium series, as well as view pictures and access resources, click on the applicable box below.
“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 1)
Public vs. Private Lands (including individual rights, collective rights, indigenous rights, other)
“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 2)
( Thursday 12/06/18)
Landowner-Steward & Wildlife-Habitat Relationships
“The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship” (Part 3)
Current & Future Environmental and Conservation Challenges
Thank You to Our Event Sponsors/Grantors
Thank You to Our Community Sponsors & Collaborators
- Carroll College Philosophy Department and Environmental Program and Center for Innovation in Technology
- Helena Civic Television (HCTV)
- Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO)
- Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y)
- Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF)
- The Montana Office of Public Instruction, Department of Indian Education (OPI)
- Native Nexus Consulting – Education & Cultural Consulting Group
- Prickly Pear Land Trust (PPLT)
- Western Environmental Law Center
- Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel
- Heart of the Rockies Initiative
- Montana Wilderness Association (MWA)
Our 2016-2017 Philosophy Symposium Series
Our 2016-2017 Philosophy Symposium Series — “Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” — was a three-part series of community events geared to initiate a public discussion about the human-technology relationship and the promises and perils of artificial intelligence. All three symposiums featured guest panelists and opportunity for free-flowing audience-panelist discussion. To watch/listen to the symposium series, as well as view pictures and access resources, click on the applicable box below.
“Vulnerable Humanity, Predictable Machines” (Part 3)
The Myrna Loy Center
The 3rd symposium in our 3-Part Philosophy Symposium series on the human-technology relationship.
Thank you to our community partners & sponsor: the Carroll College Philosophy Department, Student Activities & Leadership, Hunthausen Center for Peace & Justice & Center for Innovation in Technology, The Myrna Loy Center, The Last Chance New Play Fest, Helena Civic Television, and The Depth Psychology Alliance. Thank you also to P.L.A.T.O. (Philosophy Learning & Teaching Organization) for helping us to make our Philosophy in the Community programs like these available.
Want to learn more about some of our other philosophy-based community events & socials? Click on one the applicable link(s) below: