Gina Barreca

Gina BarrecaHailed as “smart and funny” by People magazine, Gina Barreca has spoken to clients all over the world. A professor of English, she’s also the author of the best-selling They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales), Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even, Too much of a Good Thing is Wonderful, and, most recently,
Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League.

Professor of English Literature and feminist theory at the University of
Connecticut, Regina Barreca grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, received a
B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A. from Cambridge University (where she
was a Reynolds’ Fellow), and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York.
She has served as an
advisor to the Library of Congress for work on humor and the American
character, and was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. magazine. With
Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post, she wrote I’m With Stupid: One Man,
One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstandings Between The Sexes Cleared
Right Up
, published in 2004. Barreca has appeared on scores of radio and
television programs, including 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show, and Oprah.

Barreca’s works, which have been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish,
Italian, Japanese and Czech, include the best-selling They Used to Call Me
Snow White, But I Drifted
, Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales), Sweet
Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even
, Untamed and Unabashed: Essays
on Women and Humor in British Literature
, Too Much of a Good Thing is
and (as editor) The Penguin Book of Women’s Humor, The Signet Book
of American Humor
, The Erotics of Instruction, and A Sit-Down With the
Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on T.V.’s Most Talked-About
(2002). With cartoonist Nicole Hollander, she wrote An ABC of Vice:
An Insatiable Woman’s Guide
, published in 2003. Her most recent book is Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in The Ivy League, published by the University Press of New England.

Gina speaks on a variety of subjects. Topics include:

Laughter is essential when coping with the stresses of short-term and long-term pressure, when striving for personal achievement and for a shared sense of community, when enhancing self-respect within a new or established community, when dealing effectively with change. Being able to joke and being able to understand how others’ humor operate is a key to being regarded as an insightful and intelligent risk-taker. It indicates the ability to envision a situation from a number of perspectives as well as suggesting an attractively creative, inventive, and flexible approach to complex decisions and tasks.

WHO’S LAUGHING NOW? Humor and A Sense of Community

Humor allows for and even permits a kind of informal interaction between groups of people not otherwise part of a shared circle; humor allows for an important and perhaps unparalleled mobility between groups divided by status, age, hierarchy, gender, ethnicity, or class. How can these interactions be encouraged? What contexts need to be established and understood?

HARASS IS ONE WORD: Laughter, Power, and the Importance of Making Yourself Heard
How can we enrich our abilities to create and deal with humor created by others–especially on those occasions when the humor
initiated by others in more powerful positions seems to be mean-spirited or inappropriate? If we cannot imagine giving up laughter in the workplace (and we should never consider such a thing), then how can we promote and encourage a healthy, de-stressing (as opposed to distressing) use of humor?

Why is nothing more important, more complicated and more fun than a relationship between mother and daughter? You will hear an honest and humorous journey about the complexities of this unique relationship that will lead to a better understanding of mothers and daughters.



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