Learn to use productive humor during March 17 virtual workshop

KEARNEY – Standup comedian and educator Emily Sabo is presenting a virtual workshop on productive humor 3:30 p.m. March 17.

The event, “What Linguistics and Cognitive Science Can Tell Us About Productive Humor (Especially in 2021),” can be accessed on Zoom. It’s free and open to the public.

In the workshop, Sabo will prompt attendees to reflect on how they use humor in their personal and professional lives and how humor practices have changed over time – particularly in light of the current debates over inclusive language, free speech and cancel culture. Sabo believes humor can be an effective tool for moving toward, or away from, increased empathy and positive change. It all boils down to the notion of productive humor.

Her presentation will also include tips for making online teaching and learning more playful and effective.

Sabo works as a Spanish studies lecturer at the University of Tennessee and as a linguist for Mango Languages. She researches Spanish-English bilingualism, cognition and humor.

The virtual workshop is sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Department of Modern Languages and Faculty Senate Artists and Lecturers Committee.