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Chuckles + Civility: Humor in Educational Climates

The notion college students can’t take a joke has been an ongoing narrative in media, perpetrated by comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes and news outlets such as Fox News, The Atlantic and Vice. But can they? How are college students navigating the intersection between social justice, inclusivity, civility and humor? Join in an open discussion on how this impacts campus climate and how educators can help facilitate this dialogue.

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  1. To be able to distinguish between offense and not finding something funny
  2. Understanding principles of freedom of speech, hate speech and civility
  3. Better understanding how to navigate one’s own campus climate



Jason Meier, Director, Student Engagement and Leadership, Emerson College

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  • Tags: civic engagement
  • Event: SXSW EDU
  • Format: Campfire
  • Track: Higher Education
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Field Experience
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