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"Five Ways to be Witty," James Geary, Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor

October 3, 2019 - 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library

Geary’s book, Wit’s End, explores every facet of wittiness, with each chapter written in a style that exemplifies a different kind of wit, from a dramatic dialogue, to a scientific paper, sermon, and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. In this talk and performance, Geary playfully examine key aspects of wit through film clips, folktales, literary anecdotes, jokes, and juggling—of ideas, words and objects.

Reception to follow at Clinton Street Social Club, 102 Clinton Street.


Sponsored by the Department of English, with support from the Nonfiction Writing Program, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Writing Program, Iowa City City of Literature, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Provost's Office.

Free and open to the public.