The humor in selected Vic Sotto films and the influence of a Julia Roberts movie in teaching speech courses to students kicked off the Far Eastern University (FEU) – Department of Communication’s (DEPCOMM) Brownbag Lecture Series last September 12.
The series originated from the idea of the brown bag lunch where participants share not only food but ideas as well. It was launched to enhance FEU DECPOMM’s culture of research. DEPCOMM faculty member Karen Lee V. Panela and Assistant Professor Damian Velasquez III were the inaugural speakers.
Panela’s study, “When laughter is not the best medicine: Physical humor in the selected films of Vic Sotto,” examined some comedy films of the famous actor. Her study showed that Sotto’s celebrity identity influenced how physical humor, enhanced his ‘power’ as a comedy actor. Panela’s research also showed that comedy may in fact disempower characters who support the comic lead.
Meanwhile, Velasquez in his study “Film as Instructional Aid in Teaching Intonation: Effects on Performance and Attitude towards the Speech 1 Course” focused on the film “Mona Lisa Smile.” This film, which stars Hollywood actress Julia Roberts, teaches how film can be an instructional aid in teaching speech to students and influencing their attitude towards the subject.
“This project is patterned after the practices of international universities where faculty members are encouraged to gather informally to exchange ideas, topics and trends in research”, explains Cherish Aileen Brillon, Program Head of DEPCOMM.
Panela, who teaches communication and media courses, specializes in research on media violence, political economy of media, comedy in film and television, political communication, and genre studies. Meanwhile, Velasquez teaches Effective Speech Communication, Film Criticism, and Introduction to Film. He holds an MA degree in Instructional Management from Miriam College.