Science Café guest Strain to discuss social aspects of humor

WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society

TITLE: “The Social Aspects of Aggressive Humor”

PRESENTER: Dr. Megan Strain earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology at Kansas State University. She is now in her third year as an assistant professor of psychology at UNK, researching various topics related to humor and gender.

ABSTRACT: Humor targeting various groups and their stereotypes is ubiquitous, which makes it imperative that research be devoted to understanding the social use and consequences of such humor. This talk will present research investigating how humor on race, gender, and even rape, relates to social norms that may reinforce or subvert hierarchies in our society.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, April 3

PLACE: The Loft, Cunningham’s Journal, 15 W. 23rd St., Kearney

CONTACT: Allen A. Thomas, assistant professor of chemistry, 308.865.8452,