Shaquille O'Neal Will Give the Keynote for a Humor Research Conference at SMU Friday
This weekend, SMU plays host to something called the North East Texas Humor Research Conference, pithily titled "Humor in the Professions, Psychology, Philology: Intercultural perspectives." The conference is co-hosted by SMU and Texas A&M-Commerce, and features sessions like "Crowdsourcing Cartooning," "Neuroscience of Humor" and "Evaluative Formulas Behind Psychology Jokes."
Shaq on the Cavs: Now that was funny.
Sounds like the perfect weekend if you ask me. But if that and "8 paper sessions with 25 peer-reviewed presentations by international experts in humor research from Europe and the United States, as well as a session with 10 poster presentations" doesn't sound like a worthy romp to you, maybe the keynote speaker will: basketball great Shaquille O'Neal.
O'Neal, fresh off finishing his Doctor of Education and researching the relationship between humor and leadership, will join professor David M. Kopp for a Q&A on Friday, the first night of the conference.
Sadly the event is closed to the public, but hopefully someone there will ask which holds up better under rigorous academic analysis: Kazam or Space Jam?