Thursday, October 19
909 Renaissance Park
Founded in 1997, the Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (LLACS) program at Northeastern, will be relaunched in fall 2023 with a Latinxs and Comedy Speaker Series. This speaker series aims to center conversations about Latinx comedy and address their underrepresentation in the industry and in US Comedy Studies.
The second speaker in the series is Dr. Albert Laguna. Albert Sergio Laguna is Associate Professor of Ethnicity, Race & Migration and American Studies at Yale University. His research and teaching interests include transnational Latinx literatures and cultures, comparative ethnic studies, performance studies, and popular culture studies. Laguna’s first book, Diversión: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America, won the 2018 Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book from the Canadian American Studies Association and the 2018 Peter C. Rollins Book Prize from the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association. An article from his current book project, “Edgardo Vega Yunqué and the Comedy of Race,” was awarded the L.S. Dembo Prize from Contemporary Literature for best article published in that journal in 2018.
Dr. Laguna’s Talk will be titled “Diversión and the Comedy of Race,” where he will discuss his book Diversión: Play and Popular Culture in Cuban America (NYU Press) and the ways in which the Cuban diaspora has used humor including stand-up comedy, social media, etc. to negotiate their place across the United States and the island of Cuba.