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The Anthropology of Humor and Laughter

Thursday, May. 02, 2013

poster illustration for USU's Museum of Anthropology humor and laughter event

(illustration for USU Museum of Anthropology website)

The anthropology of humor and laughter is the topic for a new activity May 4 at Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology and its Saturdays at the Museum series.

Throughout the day, visitors can explore the evolution of the traditional comic strip and black and white comedy films, then look to the present with modern, viral videos. Children can create their own comic strips while learning about the healing benefits of laughter, event organizers said.

“Humor and laughter are universal human traits,” said Prairie Fox, a museum assistant. “But each culture has different experiences and ideas that are seen as funny. We are excited to show patrons some of the many ways that humor is seen around the world.”

In addition to the Saturdays at the Museum activity series with its 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Museum of Anthropology will be open during commencement activities May 4.

Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online.

The USU Museum of Anthropology can be found on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.

For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website.

The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Source: Museum of Anthropology

Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545,

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