Sketch Comedy Group the 1491s to Perform at UM Diversity Symposium

October 29, 2015

MISSOULA – The annual DiverseU symposium at the University of Montana will feature a performance by Native American sketch comedy group the 1491s at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The 1491s use cultural and political satire to poke fun at how Native Americans are perceived by non-Natives and to address taboo topics in their own communities. The group rose to fame nationally after appearing on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in a 2014 segment that debated the Washington Redskins mascot.

The 1491s also will present an educational session about Native American representation in the media at noon the same day in the UC Theater.

The events are part of DiverseU, UM’s two-day symposium celebrating diversity that will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 4-5, in the University Center. It will feature discussion, including comedy and satire, on relations between different races and backgrounds.

More information and a complete schedule are online at http://www.umt.edu/diverseu. All DiverseU events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Kathleen Stone, DiverseU student coordinator, 406-243-5622, kathleen.stone@mso.umt.edu; Adrianne Donald, University Center associate director for Student Involvement, 406-243-6029, adonald@mso.umt.edu.