Ship to host talk on disability and the power of humor

DisabilitiesStudiesShawn2Shippensburg 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.

Through 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.

For more information, contact Allison Carey at 717-477-1582 or