Conference Awards

Paul Seaver Graduate Student Award

a8b7dbfe-7b6f-4dd1-9c71-2e3bc30bc9aa.jpgxA member of Phi Kappa Pi, Dr. Paul W. Seaver, Jr. received his Pd.D. from the University of Maryland in 1980. He taught Spanish at the university level for 43 years, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College. Professor, author, and contributor to many conferences and publications, his first book on Enrique Jardel Poncela, a twentieth century Spanish humorist, is still available through internet sales. Although he wrote primarily in Spanish, he gave a keynote address in English at Hofstra University and his contributions appears in At Whom Are We Laughing?, edited by Zenia Sacks DaSilva and Gregory M. Pell (Cambridge Scholars Publishing. UK. 2013).

In 1995, Paul received an invitation from Chinese government to lecture in southern China on modern methods of teaching foreign languages. That same year, he also founded the International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies (ISLHHS) as well as organizing the society’s first international conference, which was held in Philadelphia.

Paul was inducted into the Spanish Academy of Humor in 1999 in Madrid, Spain. Although a serious scholar even after retirement, he had an excellent sense of humor. In addition, Paul and his wife Jennifer have traveled independently worldwide. Avid hikers, they even trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru a few years ago.

We sadly lost Paul on 2013, and we honor his memory and his importance to ISLHHS through the Paul Seaver Graduate Student Award, recognizing excellence in humor studies by graduate students.

Past Recipients:

  • 2014: Marsalle Brookfield, “That’s Not Funny: Don Quijote in Translation.
  • 2016: Karina Santos Lara.