Spoken Word


Start Smart, Get Smarter!

We’re thrilled to unveil a new programming dimension at the Morris Museum. “SmartTalks” is a series of captivating speakers–scholars and authors who are experts in their field–to broaden our horizons and challenge conventional wisdom.  The full series launches in Spring 2019, with weekly talks on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.

As a “sneak preview,” we’re rolling out three SmartTalks this Fall!  The first talk, Do Animals have Rights? with Professor Ian Drake of Montclair State University, was held on September 13, 2018.

Seating is General Admission.

Members: $10
Non-Members: $15

LOL, A Philosophical Look at Comedy
November 15, 2018 at 1:00PM

Chuckle. Chortle. Snicker. Cackle. Guffaw. Laughter. We usually recognize comedy by the laughter which accompanies it, but is that all there is to it? What is the true nature of comedy? Since the formal introduction by the ancient Greeks, comedy has been and continues to be more than just laughs. It can be explored from a philosophical perspective and shed light on this aspect of the human condition. In this session, participants will take this jovial phenomenon seriously, one laugh at a time.

Speaker: Brandyn Heppard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College

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