I was born and educated in Canada. After running my own travelling showband for several years and designing lighting for dozens of plays in Toronto, I went back to school to earn degrees in Philosophy and Organization Studies. Then I came to America to teach at Long Island University, Penn State, and finally the University of Minnesota from which I retired in 2016.
I am a life member of the American Humor Studies Association, member of the International Society for Humor Studies, and moderator of its Humour Research Forum. I still speak and write about "the effective and responsible use of humor," especially for persuasion as in politics, teaching, and advertising.
I am a member of the Society of Philosophers in America, secretary of the Lake Superior Freethinkers, founder of the Iron Range Coalition of Reason, and a life member of Mensa. I hope to encourage people to think things through, both carefully and charitably, before taking or advocating any position.
© 2016, Jim Lyttle, Ph.D.