Lenny Bruce smoking a cigarette

^ Lenny Bruce in an undated pre-1960 promo shot. PHOTO CREDIT: All rights reserved by Kitty Bruce | Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis

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October 27-28, 2016

Free-speech pioneer. Satirist. Cultural Icon.

Comedian Lenny Bruce’s legacy was the focus of a two-day conference this fall at Brandeis University.

"Comedy and the Constitution" marked the formal opening of the collection of archival material that the university acquired from Bruce’s daughter, Kitty Bruce, with a generous grant from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation.

The conference was held Oct. 27-28, 2016 in Goldfarb Library.

Recordings of portions of the conference are available here.

“Comedy and the Constitution” was generously sponsored by
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation
Arlan Ettinger, Guernsey's
American Studies Program, Brandeis University
Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice
Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University
Office of the Provost, Brandeis University
The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts

and the following units of Brandeis University:
Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Department of English
Department of History
Department of Sociology
Journalism Program