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Sophia McClennen

Founding Director of Penn State's Center for Global Studies & Author of "Is Satire Saving our Nation? Mockery and American Politics"

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Sophia McClennen Biography

Sophia A. McClennen works on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her books focus on cultural responses to complex social change, such as the connections between the satire of Stephen Colbert and post 9/11 politics or the exile writing of Ariel Dorfman and dictatorship in 1970s Latin America. Her work often analyzes the links between political events and their media representations, which has led her to critique the relationship between mainstream culture, politics, stereotypes, and social injustice.

The daughter of an Afghan economist and the granddaughter of an art historian, she was raised by a strong, bright, and brave mother, who taught her children that “rules were made to be broken” and to question authority. She grew up experiencing the social transitions from the 70s to the 80s in an atmosphere of dinner table debates, community service, and exposure to the arts. These early influences surely had a lot to do with her interest in studying the ways that people respond to abuses of power through creative expression.

As a child she lived in Manhattan, Washington DC, and Fort Lauderdale — a mix that likely affected her fondness for cities and interest in the Spanish-speaking world. She studied philosophy at Harvard University, where she worked on The Harvard Lampoon, and did her graduate work in Latin American cultural studies at Duke University, where she developed a love for college basketball.

She is currently Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn State University and founding director of the Center for Global Studies. At Penn State she teaches courses on human rights culture, culture and globalization, media studies, global cinema, the cultures of displaced peoples, cultural trade policy, cross-cultural conflict resolution, and critical theory.

When she isn’t teaching or lecturing, she is writing. She has written three books, co-authored two, and co-edited three. She has published over 50 essays in books and journals. She regularly writes for Salon and Huffington Post. She has also had pieces in Alternet, Truthout, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Counterpunch.

One of the great benefits to her work has been the opportunity to travel. In 2006 she was the Fulbright Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and she also held a Fulbright faculty award in Peru (2003) where she researched Peruvian cinema. She has taught in Chile, Germany, and Peru, and has also done research in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.

When she isn’t working, she practices Pilates, stand up paddling, and teaches kickboxing. In summers she races wooden sailboats with her family on Cape Cod. She spends a lot of time on social media and she loves watching clips of Colbert, Stewart, Oliver and more – but since it helps her research she counts that as work and play. She reads twitter more often than The New York Times.

She lives with her two children in State College, PA. They enjoy the ease of small town living and explore cities whenever possible.

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Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics

Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics

Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy (Education, Politics and Public Life)

Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy (Education, Politics and Public Life)

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Founding Director of Penn State's Center for Global Studies & Author of "Is Satire Saving our Nation? Mockery and American Politics"

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Sophia McClennen Biography

Sophia A. McClennen works on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. Her books focus on cultural responses to complex social change, such as the connections between the satire of Stephen Colbert and post 9/11 politics or the exile writing of Ariel Dorfman and dictatorship in 1970s Latin America. Her work often analyzes the links between political events and their media representations, which has led her to critique the relationship between mainstream culture, politics, stereotypes, and social injustice.

The daughter of an Afghan economist and the granddaughter of an art historian, she was raised by a strong, bright, and brave mother, who taught her children that “rules were made to be broken” and to question authority. She grew up experiencing the social transitions from the 70s to the 80s in an atmosphere of dinner table debates, community service, and exposure to the arts. These early influences surely had a lot to do with her interest in studying the ways that people respond to abuses of power through creative expression.

As a child she lived in Manhattan, Washington DC, and Fort Lauderdale — a mix that likely affected her fondness for cities and interest in the Spanish-speaking world. She studied philosophy at Harvard University, where she worked on The Harvard Lampoon, and did her graduate work in Latin American cultural studies at Duke University, where she developed a love for college basketball.

She is currently Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn State University and founding director of the Center for Global Studies. At Penn State she teaches courses on human rights culture, culture and globalization, media studies, global cinema, the cultures of displaced peoples, cultural trade policy, cross-cultural conflict resolution, and critical theory.

When she isn’t teaching or lecturing, she is writing. She has written three books, co-authored two, and co-edited three. She has published over 50 essays in books and journals. She regularly writes for Salon and Huffington Post. She has also had pieces in Alternet, Truthout, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Counterpunch.

One of the great benefits to her work has been the opportunity to travel. In 2006 she was the Fulbright Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and she also held a Fulbright faculty award in Peru (2003) where she researched Peruvian cinema. She has taught in Chile, Germany, and Peru, and has also done research in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.

When she isn’t working, she practices Pilates, stand up paddling, and teaches kickboxing. In summers she races wooden sailboats with her family on Cape Cod. She spends a lot of time on social media and she loves watching clips of Colbert, Stewart, Oliver and more – but since it helps her research she counts that as work and play. She reads twitter more often than The New York Times.

She lives with her two children in State College, PA. They enjoy the ease of small town living and explore cities whenever possible.

Sophia McClennen Videos

  • Sophia A. McClennen - "Is Satire Saving Our Nation? - YouTube
    Dec 4, 2014 ... Recorded on 12/4/2014 - Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/ channel/american-radio.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sophia McClennen for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sophia McClennen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sophia McClennen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sophia McClennen?

    Booking fees for Sophia McClennen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sophia McClennen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sophia McClennen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sophia McClennen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sophia McClennen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sophia McClennen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sophia McClennen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sophia McClennen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Sophia McClennen for your event is available upon request. Sophia McClennen generally travels from State College, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dan Porterfield, Holley M. Murchison, Sree Sreenivasan, Jeremy Bout and Leslie Dodson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sophia McClennen for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sophia McClennen Speaker Videos

  • Sophia A. McClennen - "Is Satire Saving Our Nation? - YouTube
    Dec 4, 2014 ... Recorded on 12/4/2014 - Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/ channel/american-radio.

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