Open Mic, Open Minds: An Exploration of Social Issues Through Stand-up

URI's Harrington School of Communication and Media is proud to present a one-day, interdisciplinary humor symposium on Saturday March 22, 2014 called Open Mic, Open Minds: An Exploration of Social Issues Through Stand-up.  Participants will include students, faculty, community members, and performers.


We are looking to celebrate, create, and critique comedy while providing insights to its history and uses.  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jerry Zolten from Penn State Altoona, who will be delivering a multimedia presentation on the historical roots of stand-up comedy, and our closing comedian at 8 p.m. is Patton Oswalt, with an opening act by Myq Kaplan.

At this hands-on, minds-on event, participants will: attend workshops presented by performers and professionals in the field of humor communications; view and discuss excerpts of stand-up performances addressing social issues; work in groups to produce and present their own comedic material around a social issue of their choice; and enjoy a live stand-up comedy act as a culminating experience.

The closing performance will be in Edwards Hall, 64 Upper College Road.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Swan Hall
60 Upper College Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

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Harrington School of Communication and Media



$20 for students (includes conference and comedy show with Patton Oswalt and Myq Kaplan)

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Jillian Belanger

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(401) 874-2110

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