On Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) invites you to take part in “The Impact of Laughter and Humor in Our Past and Today’s Digitized World,” a Templeton Colloquium led by Dr. Otto Santa Ana, 2015-2016 Templeton Fellow at the NDIAS.
This colloquium brings together scholars from anthropology, communications, digital media, neuroscience, political science, psychiatry and psychology, religious studies, and sociology to examine the origins, development, and neurology of human laughter; explore humor and laughter as deeply human expressions of imaginative cognition; and evaluate the use of laughter and humor as social and political mechanisms.
Sessions will take place in 200 McKenna Hall and will also be simulcast live on the NDIAS website.
This colloquium is sponsored by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
Thursday, April 7
•2:30 pm — The Biology and Neurology of Laughter and Humor
Matthew M. Gervais, Rutgers University
*Lee Gettler, University of Notre Dame
Joseph O. Polimeni, University of Manitoba
Sophie Scott, University College London
Friday, April 8
•11:00 am — Politics and Intersectionality in Laughter and Humor
Jody C. Baumgartner, East Carolina University
Raúl Pérez, University of Denver
*Donald L. Stelluto, University of Notre Dame
Simon Weaver, Brunel University London
*Asterisks denote Session Chairs.
Originally published by Grant Osborn ’06, ’09M.F.A. at ndias.nd.edu on March 23, 2016.