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Simcha Weinstein


Simcha Weinstein is an internationally known, best-selling author. His first book "Up, Up and Oy Vey!," received the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best book of 2007. He has appeared on CNN Showbiz Tonight and NPR, and has been profiled in leading publications, including The New York Times, The Miami Herald and The London Guardian. He is a regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post and The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), and other publications. He chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at the renowned New York art school, Pratt Institute. His latest book "Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century" is out now.

From Krakow to Krypton

Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero

Arts & Performance, Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

Not only do comic book superheroes like Batman and Superman disguise themselves to save the world, but they also disguise their Jewish heritage and values. Centering on questions of Jewish identity; learn valuable insights into the fantasies that fuel our imagination and entertainment.

Shtick Shift

Jewish Humor in the 21st Century

101, Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

The once revolutionary and understated "Jew-ish" and "Israel-lite" flavor of Jewish comedy has been replaced by a brutal matter-of-factness that would make earlier generations cringe. This session will serve as your primer to the ever-changing face of Jewish comedy at the dawn of the 21st century and the sometimes surprising seriousness about the most pressing and depressing issues of our time.


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