What pairs well with civil rights activism in the African American community? In this PSP session, it’s comedy. Drawing upon the comedic talent of Grant Cooper, who has been a stand-up comic in NYC for over twenty years, and the historical insight of African American Studies scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall, Black Comedy brings unique insight about politics and the arts to audiences, including an examination of the historical AND contemporary significance of the intersection between civil rights activism and comedy. Participants will explore how comedy can be effective in breaking down barriers and sparking fruitful discussion.
Lindsey Swindall, Ph.D. & Grant Cooper
Educator at Stevens Institute of Technology & Comedian
Lindsey Swindall lives in Hoboken, NJ and teaches at Stevens Institute of Technology. She holds a doctorate in African American Studies, and has been an educator for over a decade. She has written multiple books in her field including two studies of New Jersey native Paul Robeson. Grant Cooper is an actor and comedian who has worked in the New York City area for over twenty-five years. A New Jersey native, Cooper grew up in rural Vineland and urban Camden making him uniquely suited to engage with audiences around the state.