Comedian Allison Williams to Address “The Back of the Bus: Race, Comedy and Whiteness as Other” in Hamilton College Lecture

By WKTV News

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

September 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Location: Red Pit (room 127), Kirner-Johnson Building at Hamilton College

Event Description

Lecture: “The Back of the Bus: Race, Comedy and Whiteness as Other” by comedian, essayist and world traveler Allison Williams.

Williams is a memoirist and travel journalist. She has written about race and culture for The New York Times and the Traveler’s Tales anthology series, and been featured on National Public Radio. She recently spoke on “Intersections,” CBC Canada’s program on race and culture, about performing racially-charged comedy.

As a story-teller, Williams has appeared onstage at Rich Mix, London’s premier venue for cultural interchange, and is a two-time winner of The Moth Story SLAM. Williams is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but spends 280 days a year on the road in North America, Dubai, India and South Africa. At Hamilton, Williams will speak about curiosity, representation and walking the tightrope between comedy and offense.

Co-sponsored by the Diversity and Social Justice Project and the Dean of Faculty’s office.

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