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No fooling: Mini-conference on humor set for April 1-2

March 25, 2013

Just in time for April Fool's Day, noted professor, author and humor scholar John Morreall, of William and Mary University, will speak on "Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Humor and American Politics," as part of a mini-conference on humor April 1-2.

The mini-conference is jointly presented by the Emeritus College and ASU's Project Humanities, and co-sponsored by Mesa Community College's New Frontiers, a learning association of senior citizens.

Morreall will present his lecture from 6 to 7:30 p.m., April 1, in Barrett, the Honors College, on the Tempe campus, and again from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 2, at the Tempe Historical Society Communion Room, just east of the Tempe Library. The cost is free.

The mini-conference includes a student competition the morning of April 1. Students will present talks on topics such as humor in the military, resentment in satire, queer humor, and semantic script theory and the punch line from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Language and Literature building, on the Tempe campus. A light lunch will be provided, as the winners are announced. The cost is free.