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Celebrate, critique, and create the craft of comedy at “Open Mic, Open Minds: An Exploration of Social Issues Through Standup.” This academic symposium is presented by the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media and will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Humor Symposium participants will:
* Attend workshops presented by researchers and professionals in the field of humor communications;
* View and discuss excerpts of standup performances addressing social issues;
* Work in groups to produce and present their own comedic material around a social issue of their choice;
* And enjoy a live standup comedy act as a culminating experience.
Humor communications relates to multiple other fields and is interdisciplinary in nature. People who are interested in gender studies, race studies, human studies, anthropology, film studies, communication, theater, etc. will likely be interested in the type of work planned for the Humor Symposium. Our purposes for the symposium include: encouraging interdisciplinary thinking, exploring the often enjoyed but seldom appreciated nature of comedy’s powerful rhetorical capabilities, and having fun while thinking deeply at the same time (it can be done!).Participants will include humor communications researchers and professionals, comic performers, URI graduate and undergraduate students, and community members interested in the study of comedy. Our keynote presenter will be Penn State Altoona’s noted expert on the history of American stand-up comedy, Dr. Jerry Zolten.If you are interested in presenting a 20- or 50-minute session on a topic related to humor communications, please fill in the form below and submit by Friday January 31st.