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Assistant Professor of American Studies J Finley says lessons she's learned from studying and performing stand-up comedy resonate with her students.

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Faculty Stories: Meet J Finley

November 28, 2016

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- As a young woman, J Finley discovered in the stories of Gloria Naylor and Alice Walker a fascination that took her from UC Berkeley to South Africa and eventually to Middlebury College. During her studies she developed an interest in black female stand-up comedians. She now uses the wit and charm she learned from doing stand-up comedy herself to engage and inform her students at Middlebury.

In a new video, Finley describes her own surprise at a career path that led to becoming an assistant professor of American studies at Middlebury. This is the latest in a series of "Faculty Stories," exploring the diverse and surprising ways that faculty arrive at Middlebury. View more stories here.


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by Katrina (not verified)

"interest in black female stand-up comedians" When talk about black female comedian, there are a few that i hook up to laugh at their jokes such as Wanda Sykes, Whoopi Goldberg, etc. And i think the one person like i think the same as J Finley, i mean in term of "educated comedians" is Loni Love. She began her comedian career while working as electrical engineer. She is also an active and busy comedian with her tour schedule.

by Sheryl (not verified)

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