“The Power of Humor”: A Distinguished Speaker Series event with Liza Donnelly, Oct. 18

The SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series proudly presents an evening with Liza Donnelly, award-winning cartoonist and writer for The New Yorker Magazine, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.

The event titled “The Power of Humor,” will be held in Lecture Center 100 at 7 p.m. and concludes with a book signing. General admission is complimentary, with a $10 suggested donation to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, which supports future educational programs for our students.

All are welcome to attend, and pre-registration is required using this link.

Donnelly’s funny and meaningful talk will explore the power of laughter and how it brings us joy.

“We can see how humor unites us, but it also has the power to divide, using ridicule to attack and make others feel powerless,” said Donnelly. “When used thoughtfully, humor shows us our common humanity as we laugh at ourselves. Political cartoons expose new, important trends, hold leaders accountable, and they help us see a distilled view of the news. With laughter, we let down our defenses and not only are we more able to bond with others, but we are also open to new ideas. This is the power of humor.”

Liza Donnelly is a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, Medium, CNN, and CBS News. Read more here about Liza Donnelly’s work.

About the SUNY New Paltz Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Speaker Series connects the College’s alumni, community members, faculty, staff, students and their families with well-known authors, policy makers, scientists, media experts, business leaders and other luminaries.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is made possible by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. The fall 2022 program is presented with support from Campus Auxiliary Services, Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, M&T Bank, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Financial Credit Union, Sodexo, and Ulster Savings Bank.