Honors Council Lecture Explores Laughter and Grotesque in Country Song

Miriam Webber, assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University will continue the Honors Council Lecture Series with her research on “Honky-Tonk Carnival: Explorations of Laughter and Grotesque in Country Song” on Oct. 29.

Webber’s research on country music explores why humor is so apparent in country music but no one is displaying laughter in the songs. Most of the humorous country songs actually depict tragic or sad stories. She will use descriptions of medieval philosophy and literature to explore ways of viewing this. Webber will focus on how humor acts differently in country music.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in Hagg Sauer Hall, room 112. It is free and open to anyone who wants to attend.

About the honors council lecture series

The Honors Council Lecture Series is hosted by the Bemidji State University Honors Council, the advisory group to BSU’s honors program. It is composed of 12 faculty members representing each of the university’s colleges. Student representatives are also elected to the council by their cohorts for one-year terms.



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