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ULM communication program welcomes traveling scholar Amanda Martinez

Published October 20, 2016

MONROE, La. — As part of the Traveling Scholar Series, the Communication Program at the University of Louisiana Monroe is excited to welcome Dr. Amanda Martinez to ULM’s campus on Tuesday, Oct.  25 to present a talk on the relationship between race and comedy.

The presentation will take place in Stubbs 100 at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Martinez’s talk will focus on how race and differences have fueled stand-up comedy and permeated punchlines across mainstream media. Martinez will explore the ways comedic contexts are among the few exceptional realms where the otherwise taboo, edgy, or controversial “backstage” jokes can occupy “frontstage” space, as long as the “it’s just a joke” intentions remain clear. She will discuss how comedians from diverse backgrounds capitalize on stereotypical cultural nuances in an age of sensitivity for politeness expectations and intense critiques of political correctness. 

Martinez is an assistant professor of Communication Studies, Sociology, and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Davidson College in North Carolina. Her research focuses on mass communication and stigmatized health issues with particular interest in identity intersections, media effects, stereotyping, and inter-group communication dynamics. She is the co-author of one book and author of several articles on racial identification and gender. She is currently on sabbatical and working on a book project tentatively titled, Navigating Fine Lines: Diverse Audiences Respond to Race-Based Comedy.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Lesli Pace at 342-1165 or pace@ulm.edu.