Beckman Humor Project

Please note: all Beckman Humor events for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year have been postponed until next year. 

In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy our archives of podcasts from previous Beckman Humor eventsWe hope to see you next year!


What is the Beckman Humor Project?

John and Patricia Beckman had an audacious idea: harness the power of humor to transform the world! And tap into the capacious imaginations and talents of the University of Portland to treat humor as “a communal energy, a creative way to puncture arrogance and outwit violence.”

And so the Beckman Humor Project was born, a living force. What can it offer our bruised, blessed world?

Speakers, concerts, exhibitions, performances, graphic novels, stand-up, research… if it can be imagined, if it can scrape a bit of crud off the world by making someone laugh, it can find a home in the Beckman Humor Project.

Click on slideshow photos below for info on upcoming events, student projects, event podcasts and more!