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OLLI Event


Fri 09 / 17 / 2021
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Open to all

Limited capacity: Registration Closed



Please join us online Friday, September 17th at 3pm Eastern to hear from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Professor Rita Nnodim on Humor, Laughter, and Well-being. Click here to register or call 413.236.2190. Details follow below.

p.s. In case you missed yesterday's OLLI open house featuring our terrific fall instructors, you can watch and/or listen to it by clicking here!



The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents

MCLA Professor
Rita Nnodim on 

Humor, Laughter, and Well-Being 

Friday, September 17, 2021

at 3:00pm Eastern

Online via Zoom 
Click here to register safely and securely online,
or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

Humor in the time of Covid? Perhaps now more than ever, humor and laughter are needed to cope with the unexpected, the vicissitudes of life, and difficult times. The presentation will discuss humor styles and personality traits, integrate insights from areas such as psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology to not only point to humor as a coping strategy, but to also illustrate the many other ways in which humor and laughter impact mental and physical well-being.  

Rita Nnodim, Ph.D. graduated from Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany) with a Masters in African Languages and Literatures. She holds a PhD in West African Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. She is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she teaches courses such as Introduction to Cross-cultural and Social Justice Studies, Global Refugees of the 21st Century, Madness & Society, as well as her new class on Humor, Laughter, and Comedy. She has authored book chapters and scholarly articles on postcolonial anglophone urban fiction and regularly presents her work at national and international academic conferences.   

 Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC, Massachusetts Village and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.  Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

In Partnership with the Berkshire Museum.