Beckman Humor Project

You could earn a scholarship for your sense of humor!

No joke — you could earn one of five $3,333 Brian Doyle Scholarships in Gentle & Sidelong Humor for students who propose a way to bring some laughs to The Bluff. Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more!


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... Or enjoy our archives of podcasts from previous Beckman Humor events