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FYI: Heritage Languages, Humor Seminar


Author: Donna Christian

FYI Body: MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!
HERITAGE LANGUAGES IN AMERICA CONFERENCE


The United States has an unprecedented need for individuals with
highly developed competencies in English as well in other
languages. However, we have placed little value on the largely
untapped linguistic resource that we have*the speakers of non-English
languages (heritage language speakers) who live in this country. The
Heritage Languages Initiative is a national effort to strengthen our
educational and social institutions so that these resources can be
developed. California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), the
National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), and the Center for Applied
Linguistics (CAL) invite you to participate in the inaugural
conference of the Heritage Languages Initiative.

The Heritage Languages in America conference will be held October
14-16, 1999, in Long Beach, California. Representatives from heritage
language communities and schools, pre K-12 heritage language
educators, college and university faculty, researchers, and
organizations and businesses that employ professional staff with
language expertise will participate in the conference, as will
distinguished researchers Russell Campbell, Lily Wong Fillmore, Joshua
Fishman, Mary McGroarty, Cecilia Pino, Ana Roca, Fabian Samaniego,
Guadalupe Valdis, and Amda Walqui.

Participants will have the unprecedented opportunity to help shape the
development of the heritage language field by articulating a national
agenda on the preservation and cultivation of heritage languages as
rich national resources. This work will be facilitated by task forces
that will be established at the conference to address issues tha
include articulation across programs, teacher preparation, materials
development, instructional strategies, assessment, and public
advocacy.

Proposals are being accepted for poster sessions. If you are
interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Scott McGinnis of
the National Foreign Language Center at heritage@nflc.org.

Additional information about the Heritage Languages in America
conference (conference program, registration form, information abou
the Heritage Languages Initiative, and other resources) may be found
at CAL's Web site: http://www.cal.org/heritage

To receive a conference brochure and registration form by mail,
contact Lara Atella at heritage@nflc.org or by telephone a
202-667-8100.

Don't miss this important opportunity for sharing knowledge and
resources with some of the leading figures in heritage language
education in the United States!

Joy Kreeft Peyton
Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, DC 20016-1859
phone: 202-362-0700 ext. 245
fax: 202-363-7204
e-mail: joy@cal.org





There are still some slots available for the fourth International
Humor Studies Seminar! If you haven't registered yet, please do so
soon! For complete information about the Seminar, go to
www.libarts.ucok.edu/english/humor or read on!


SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

The fourth International Humor Studies Seminar will be held at the
University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) from June 21 until June 26, 1999.
This year's Seminar features Rod A. Martin and Amy Carrell.


1999 SEMINAR COURSES

SENSE OF HUMOR, HEALTH, AND WELLBEING--ROD A. MARTIN
The idea that humor is good for one's health has become generally
accepted as fact, and the health-enhancing benefits of humor are being
widely promoted through books, seminars, workshops, magazine articles,
and the internet. This course will examine the theoretical rationale
and empirical evidence concerning the relationship between sense of
humor and both physical and psychological health. We will begin with
discussion of several key questions: What do we mean by sense of
humor? What do we mean by health? What are the possible mechanisms by
which humor might influence health? We will then examine methods and
criteria for evaluating empirical research in this field. The
remainder of the course will focus on a review and evaluation of the
existing research in several health-related areas, such as the
relationship between humor and the immune system, pain, and coping
with stress. It is hoped that this course will provide an empirically
grounded understanding of what we know and what we don't know abou
humor and health.

HUMOR THEORIES, AUDIENCES, AND MORE--AMY CARRELL
This course will begin by looking at some of the major facets of
humor, especially the social nature of humor, and then move to an
examination of some of the major theories and groups of theories of
humor. The course will then move to a discussion of what happens when
individuals hear joke texts, how such texts are processed, and wha
joke texts can reveal not only about the content but the teller and
audience. Finally, the course will examine some of the practical
applications of the Audience-Based Theory of Verbal Humor.

AMY CARRELL, DIRECTOR AND FACULTY
Amy Carrell earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from Purdue University in
1993 and is currently an associate professor of English at the
University of Central Oklahoma. She has been president of the
International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) and chaired the 1997
ISHS conference at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. Carrell
has taught courses on humor and laughter and has spoken
internationally, especially about her audience-based theory of verbal
humor. She is on the board of consulting editors of HUMOR:
International Journal of Humor Research and the patronat and
organizing committee of the annual congress on therapeutic humor in
Basel, Switzerland.

ROD A. MARTIN, FACULTY
Rod A. Martin obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the
University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1984 and has been a faculty member
in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario
(Canada) since then. He has published numerous journal articles and
book chapters on sense of humor, stress, and coping. With Herber
Lefcourt, he is co-author of Humor and Life Stress: Antidote to
Adversity. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the
International Society for Humor Studies and is on the board of
consulting editors of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research.

ACADEMIC CREDIT OPTIONS
The International Humor Studies Seminar is available for three
undergraduate or graduate credits for participants admissible to the
University of Central Oklahoma. For more information, please contac
the Seminar Director or indicate on the registration form.

CERTIFICATION
Upon successful completion of the Seminar, participants will receive a
certificate of endorsement from the Seminar Director and the
International Society for Humor Studies.


SEMINAR ADVISORY BOARD
Max Deon, Zurich, Switzerland
William F. Fry, Nevada City, California
Peter Hain, Zurich, Switzerland
Siegfried E. Heit, University of Central Oklahoma
Clyde Jacob, University of Central Oklahoma
Rod A. Martin, University of Western Ontario
Brad Morelli, Guthrie, Oklahoma
Alleen P. Nilsen, Arizona State University
Don L. F. Nilsen, Arizona State University
Elliott Oring, California State University-Los Angeles
Victor Raskin, Purdue University
Willibald Ruch, Duesseldorf, Germany
Waleed A. Salameh, San Diego, California
Michael Titze, Tuttlingen, Germany

HOST CAMPUS
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), founded in 1890, is located
in Edmond, just outside Oklahoma City, and is serviced by Will Rogers
World Airport in Oklahoma City. UCO, the third largest university in
the state, enrolls approximately 14,000 students. Seminar classes
will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and
from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday in the Liberal Arts Building.
Seminar participants will have easy access to the University Center,
the library, and the Internet.

For more information about the University of Central Oklahoma, please
visit its web site: http://www.ucok.edu

FOOD, LODGING, AND TRANSPORTATION
Seminar participants will be responsible for arranging their own food
and lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Stafford Inn,
less than a mile from the campus, at the deeply discounted rate of
$280, including tax, for seven nights. Rooms at the Stafford Inn
include whirlpools, cable television, free local calls, and
continental breakfast. The Stafford Inn is located at 1809 Eas
Second Street, Edmond, OK 73034, USA. For toll-free reservations,
please call 1-888-730-9162; the local number is 405-340-8197.
Reservations should be made by May 15, 1999.

Food service is available in the University Center, which includes a
full-service restaurant, a food court, and a convenience store. The
UCO campus and the Stafford Inn are within easy walking distance of a
number of restaurants as well as of quaint downtown Edmond.
Transportation will be provided between the Stafford Inn and the
campus daily.

REGISTRATION FORM
International Humor Studies Seminar
June 21-26, 1999

A money order or check in US funds made payable to UCO--Humor Studies
or the completed credit card information must accompany this
registration form which must be postmarked NO LATER than May 21, 1999.
Please use one form per registrant; photocopy this form for additional
registrants. To qualify for the early registration discount, all fees
must be postmarked by May 21, 1999. Registration may be cancelled and
the fee, less the deposit, refunded. Early registration is encouraged
because class size is limited.

Fee Schedule

Seminar fees (June 21-26) $395* $ _______________
$445**

(*balance postmarked by May 21, 1999)
(**balance due June 21, 1999)

Seminar deposit $200 $ _______________
(postmarked by May 21, 1999)

Amount enclosed $ _______________

Balance due (fee less deposit) $ _______________


Check here for UCO admissions packet _____

Fees for academic credit in state out of state
undergraduate $183.60 $444.10
graduate $228.60 $534.60


Name _______________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________

Telephone (Day) ________________ (Evening) ___________________

Affiliation ___________________________________________________

Fax _______________________ e-mail __________________________

For payment with credit card, please complete the following information:

Circle One: VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER

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Number _____________________________________________________

Expiration date ________________

Signature ____________________________________________________
(required when using credit card)

Mail with payment to

Amy Carrell
International Humor Studies Seminar Director
Department of English
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034-0184 USA

If paying by credit card, you may fax your registration to (405) 974-3823.

For more information, please contact Amy Carrell at the above address,
by phone at (405) 974-5609, or by e-mail at acarrell@ucok.edu.







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