March 23, 2001

Author Ted Cohen to lecture on jokes on April 5

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, author and University of Chicago Professor of Philosophy Ted Cohen will deliver a lecture titled "Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters"—the subject he pursued in his book by the same name published in 1999 by the University of Chicago Press. The event is the College’s annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture. It will take place in the College’s Twilight Hall Auditorium on College Street (Route 125), and is free and open to the public.

Ted Cohen is former chairman of the department of philosophy, and former director of undergraduate studies in philosophy at the University of Chicago. The focus of his research and teaching is the philosophy of art, the history of the philosophy of art—especially that of the 18th century—and the philosophy of language. Cohen is a recipient of the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

He is the co-editor of "Essays in Kant’s Aesthetics and Pursuits of Reason" and the author of a number of articles, which have appeared in publications ranging from The Yale Review to the Journal of Philosophy. Past president of the American Society for Aesthetics, Cohen has received many grants from such organizations as the American Council of Learned Societies and has directed National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars. He has also served as a visiting scholar at a variety of institutions, including the College of William and Mary and the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

For more information about the lecture, contact Stanley Bates, Middlebury College chair of the department of philosophy, at 802-443-5013.

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