A professor from UNIST will deliver public lectures on humor.
This talk, by Jinsook Choi, Professor in the Division of General Studies at UNIST, is the first in a new series of four short lectures organized by the UNIST-based student startup, Class 101.
The first lecture is titled ‘All That (Not) Funny Jokes’ and will take place online via their new online knowledge and culure exchange platform, known as Libre, and is due to open on July 31, 2020.
Each lecture is roughly fifteen minutes long, and covers a multitude of topics in relation to humor, ranging from the concepts of humor and laughter to the relationship between social power and humor. Through the lecture series, Professor Choi attempts to unravel her thoughts on jokes, as a form of stand-up comedy. Professor Choi defines jokes as a means of communication that reflects human ingenuity and sociality, and presents them from an anthropological point of view through various examples of social issues facing S. Korea.
“Advances in digital technologies have changed the way people read and learn, and this has resulted in the spurt in demand for video-based online learning and more and more people acquire new knowledge and skills via video,” says Professor Choi. “The adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic, and this will accelerate the usage of video-based online learning.”
Professor Jinsook Choi is an associate professor within the Division of General Studies at UNIST with specilization in linguistic and cultural anthropology. She is also a linguisitic anthropologist and has conducted various studies on humor and laughter. In addition to continuing her work on language policy and language ideologies, Professor Choi has recently attempted to undertake a sociocultural research on popular jokes, such as Ajae Gaegŭ (Korean dad jokes) and Bussan Munhak (Busan literature). In particular, her paper related to the Korean Ajae Gaegŭ, which is being compared to the Dad jokes in American society, has received much attention rececntly by being introduced in the Atlantic, an American lifestyle magazine.
Class 101 is an online learning platform provider with eLearning courses that are taught by the best practitioners in their respective fields. With the help of Class 101, you can learn a new skill or a hobby at your own space in the comfort of your own home. The newly-launched Libre by Class 101 is an online platform for sharing knowledge and culture-oriented contents. With the motto of’ ‘All Learning Should be Fun,’ Libre offers fun and enjoyable eLearning courses that help learners boost knowledge retention and skill.
The lectures by Professor Choi can be found on website of Libre (https://class101.net/libre), and thus will be uploaded once a week, starting on Friday, July 31, 2020.
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