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2013 Peace Perspectives Lecture

McClennen delivers the 2013 Peace Perspectives Lecture at the University of Missouri as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series.  Details on the event here.


New Book Contract!

Sophia McClennen and Remy Maisel have just received a book contract from Palgrave to write a new book: Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics. More details on its release soon.


WPSU Reviews Colbert’s America

Daniel Mallinson reviews Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy for WPSU, our local NPR affiliate. Listen in here.


Colbert’s America

 Satire and Democracy


  • “An always insightful and often delightful reading of the most sustained and successful exercise in political satire in modern American life. Stephen Colbert would no doubt agree — well, about all but the ‘satire’ part. Let the eagle soar!”

    Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California at Berkeley

In Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy, Penn State professor, Sophia A. McClennen, examines how the comedy of Stephen Colbert packs enough political punch to change the way a nation thinks. The first book to cover the various themes and features of Colbert’s satire, Colbert’s America gives readers insight into the powerful ways that Colbert’s comedy challenges the cult of ignorance that has been threatening meaningful public debate since 9/11.