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When Did Guilt Become a Joke?

Thursday, The Heyman Center

Using as its point of departure an off-the-cuff remark by David
Letterman about his “Midwestern Lutheran guilt,” Josh Dubler’s
paper explored emergent American discourses that tether putatively
particular species of guilt to different ethnic identities. Finding
such associations flimsy, the paper locates these discourses within
a broader reconfiguration of the concept of guilt since 1945.