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Humor and the Everyday

This week we continue our series of reports from the Humanities Research Seminar on the topic of humor.  Here, TU student Tracy Kinealy explores contemporary television shows that seek to transform the everyday into something funny and use funny things... MORE

Humor or Nonsense? by Professor Holly Laird

Our regular series of posts by the Humanities Research Fellows continues.  Here, O’Hornett Professor of English, Holly Laird uses Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear to reflect on the relationship between humor and nonsense.

Art, Politics, or Entertainment?

Our series of reports by the Humanities Research Fellows at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities continues with this piece by Joli Jensen, Hazel Rogers Professor of Communication.  Here, Professor Jensen reflects on whether or not the rise of mass... MORE

Humor: Satire – Why Don’t They Get It?

Each week this semester, our Humanities Research Fellows will publish short pieces here about their work in our seminar on humor. Week 6 – September 30th Read Selections from Nieman Reports Vol. 58 No.4 Background Gulliver’s Travels

The 2015 Humor Seminar

Curious about what the nine fellows at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities are doing in the spring research seminar?  Here’s a look at our syllabus that includes detailed study of topics like satire, nonsense, pain, internet trolls, and vaudeville.... MORE

Humor, Comedy, and Wit

As classes begin Monday at TU, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will kick off our year-long focus on the topic of humor.  But what exactly is humor?  As this chart showing the word’s frequency suggests, it’s a relatively new idea.... MORE

The Art of Privacy: Karmic_Lapse, 2014

In our inaugural year, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities has been examining the topic of privacy from a variety of critical, cultural, and artistic angles. Through conferences, lectures, film screenings, and public discussions (like the upcoming Big Ideas @... MORE