This FIG explores the influence of comedy in all media on human thought and behavior, including what makes something funny to us, how and why we set boundaries, the types of messages we get while we’re laughing, and how to find the funny in otherwise stressful college experiences.
College Connections Faculty: Leigh Anne Jasheway
When not teaching at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, I write and perform comedy and teach people how to use their senses of humor to manage stress. I love helping people explore comedy and learn how to use it to make their lives better. I also write a regular humor column for the Register Guard and have 21 funny books, four screenplays, and have produced a comedy play on stage. My mission is to help the world become healthier and more sane through laughter.
FIG Assistant: Shelby Chapman
Hello! My name is Shelby Chapman and I am a senior at the University of Oregon studying public relations and media studies. This is my second year working as a FIG assistant and I am so excited to lead your media and comedy FIG. Born in Massachusetts but raised in Eugene, I am looking forward to showing you what our offbeat college town has to offer both on and off of campus. When I’m not hanging out in the SOJC, you can catch me almost any time working as a barista on campus at Lillis Café. After college, my professional objectives involve working in public relations and strategic communications in the Pacific Northwest.
Questions? Send them my way! firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your summer assignment, please watch the following three videos. After viewing each video, write down your thoughts, asking questions such as: Did I find that funny? Did I relate to it? Did I think there might be any truth to it? What specific things made it funny to me?
Week of Welcome FIG Meeting
The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.