Community Read continues with virtual talk on humor and identity

March 8, 2023
Cover of Born a Crime

Fitchburg State University’s yearlong Community Read of Trevor Noah’s celebrated memoir Born a Crime continues this month with a virtual presentation about humor and identity in multiethnic America.

The online event will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Attendees are asked to register online via the Community Read website.

“Stand Up Nation: Humor and Identity in Multiethnic America” will feature Associate Professor DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld from Fitchburg State’s English Studies Department and University of Wisconsin-Platteville Associate Professor David Gillota.

Gillota teaches courses in film, American literature, and composition. He is the author of Ethnic Humor in Multiethnic America (Rutgers University Press, 2013) and is the associate editor at Studies in American Humor.

Bellinger is the author of the novel New to Liberty and the poetry collections Rubbing Elbows and Peculiar Heritage. She teaches creative writing at Fitchburg State and serves on the editorial boards of the Prairie Schooner, Porcupine Literary, Malarkey Books, and West Trestle Review.

The programs will continue at 10 a.m. Monday, March 20 with a Community Read Book Club Brunch at the Lunenburg Adult Activity Center at the historic Eagle House, 25 Memorial Drive. Brunch will be provided by the Eagle House Supporters, Inc. To reserve a place, please call 978.582.4166.

Learn more about the Community Read at