Barry Sanders was professor of History of Ideas and English at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and a prolific author. Sanders retired from Pitzer College in 2005 but remains active as an author. In 1998 Sanders was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Harper’s magazine for his book Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man’s Land, 1619-2000. In 1994 Sanders received his first Pulitzer nomination from Random House for his book A is for Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word. He is also the author of Sudden Glory: Laughter as Subversive History. In 2005 Sanders won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to investigate the idea of the Commons in Greece. He has recently been featured on WNYC’s RadioLab and currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

You can listen to his recent PNCA lecture on the history of laughter here.

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