News and Events

Twtr Fb Yt Li Pi

Campus Community Invited to Lecture on Humor, Jan. 28

Purdue linguistics professor Victor Raskin will discuss humor, which he views as a vital part of humanity

A free public reception and lecture on humor by Victor Raskin, distinguished professor of linguistics at Purdue University, will be presented Friday evening, Jan. 28 by the Division of Communication Studies at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Dr. Raskin is the author of Semantic Mechanisms of Humor and Ontological Semantics, and is founding editor of HUMOR, the journal for the International Society of Humor Studies. The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center, followed by the lecture from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130 of the Owen Arts Center. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

The lecture kicks off the inaugural North East Texas Humor Research Conference, to be held January 28-30 at SMU. Leading humor scholars from the disciplines of advertising, communication, linguistics, political communication, psychology, organizational studies, rhetoric, semantic linguistics, sociology, and communication linguistics will be presenting work and discussing their current humor-related research.

“Humor is not trivial but rather a vital part of what it means to be human,” said conference coordinator Owen Hanley Lynch, assistant professor of communication studies at SMU. “This conference brings to SMU scholars from many disciplines, each with the purpose of understanding and explaining the significant role humor has in our lives. We hope members of the campus community will join us for what promises to be a highly entertaining opening lecture!”

For more information, please contact Dr. Lynch at 214-768-1755 or, or visit

Most RecentSee All News >>

EventsSee All Events >>

2014 Season Guide

Fri, 09/19/14 - 1:00 pmMeadows Opera Theatre: Opera Free For All – “Bite-Size Arias/Big-Size Talents”Bob Hope Theatre Lobby - Owen Arts Center
Sun, 09/21/14 - 1:30 pmMeadows Museum Art Activity: “Drawing from the Masters”Meadows Museum
Tue, 09/23/14 - 12:30 pmUnited States Air Force Band of the West Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble ConcertTaubman Atrium - Owen Arts Center
Tue, 09/23/14 - 8:00 pmFaculty Chamber Music Recital: Liudmila Georgievskaya and FriendsCaruth Auditorium - Owen Arts Center

News and Events

MPRINT Magazine

Meadows News

Meadows News - 2013

Meadows News - 2012

Meadows News - 2011

Meadows Blogs

In the Media

Events Calendar

Music Recitals

Performing Arts Season

Meadows Events Parking

Events Newsletter