Date: Jan 25, 2024 to Feb 29, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Phone: 604-222-6060
Location: Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Clowns are one of the most recognizable entertainers in the world; nothing seems simpler than a red nose and a handful of balloons. But clowns break societal norms, providing transgressive entertainment and allowing us to laugh at violent acts and confront our darker natures. This series examines our enjoyment of violent entertainment, the origins and changing nature of clowns, and considers how we can be far more foolish than any performing clown.

Join us as Langara faculty members present a series of public lectures on the theme Send in the Clowns. 
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Jan 25 | Jennifer Knapp
The Spectacle of Death in the Roman Arena


Feb 1 | Niall Christie
Some Unfortunate Cases of Death in the Middle Ages


Feb 8 | Erin Robb
The Many Faces of Clowns, from Ancient to Modern Times


Feb 15 | Kina Cavicchioli
"I am grim all day, but I make you laugh at night": Joseph Grimaldi and the English Harlequinade


Feb 22 | Stephen Phillips
Clownish Misconceptions about Canada's Constitutional Monarchy


Feb 29 | Lealle Ruhl
After the Clownery; supporting the Moderate Middle in the face of Extremism

Dunbar Community Centre
4747 Dunbar St
7pm to 8:30pm
$5/session; $2.50/session for students 

Students must register by phone for student discount: 604-222-6060