Ship to host talk on disability and
the power of humor
University will host a program titled “Seriously Funny: Disability and the
Paradoxical Power of Humor” on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Old Main
chapel and is free and open to the public.
Speakers from the University of South
Florida, Tampa, are Shawn Bingham, assistant dean of the Honors College and
assistant professor of sociology, and Sara Green, director of interdisciplinary
social sciences program and associate professor of sociology. They will explore the
ways in which humor has been used to disrupt taken for granted ideas about what
it means to be disabled.
performance clips and data from personal interviews with ten professional
disabled comedians from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., the audience will see
how disability humor is being used today to create new public narratives of the
disability experience that actively refute the idea that disability is always
and only a personal tragedy.
The event is sponsored by the
university’s Office of Social
Equity, Commission on Human Understanding, Disabilities Studies Program and the
English, Human Communication Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
& Anthropology departments.
more information, contact Allison Carey at 717-477-1582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.