Siegal Lifelong Learning Program offers course on themes of basic needs in Jewish American humor

Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to join the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program three-session remote course titled “Bare Necessities: Food, Clothing and Shelter in American Jewish Humor.”

Instructor Ted Merwin, senior writer of the Jewish Federations of North America, will use clips from vaudeville, popular music, film, TV and stand-up comedy routines to show how the basic needs of human existence became the central themes for Jewish American humor. 

Following a difficult history, Jews arrived in America both tied to their faith and the idea of freedom. However, they had insecurities living in a capitalist society. As many rose to affluence, they retained their religious and ethnic distinctiveness and became notable creators of pop culture.

This course will be held on three Wednesdays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. The course costs $70, with a 15% discount available to members of the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

Register to participate.