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Keynote Speaker Regina Barreca
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Regina Barreca


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Summary of Regina Barreca

Regina is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books on feminist humor including "They Used to Call me Snow White, Then I Drifted: Women's strategic use of humor" and her most recent "Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful." Regina is also a popular media expert, having appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show and Oprah (several times). Deemed a 'feminist humor maven' by Ms. Magazine, Regina writes a weekly column for the Hartford Courant and had regularly published articles in The NY Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ms. Cosmopolitan and Worth. Regina speaks to groups on a variety of topics that relate to the value importance and roles of humor in everyday life.

Gina, a professor of English, is most recently the author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World(St. Martin's, 2009). Her earlier works include They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted (Penguin); Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales)(Crown); Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even (Crown); Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co--education in the Ivy League (UPNE); Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature (Wayne State U.P.); Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful (UPNE); The ABC of Vice: An Insatiable Women's Guide (with cartoonist Nicole Hollander)(UPNE); and I'm With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up (co-authored with Gene Weingarten)(Simon and Schuster). Her works have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

Gina also edited The Penguin Book of Women's Humor, The Signet Book of American Humor, Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing (named a “best book” of 2002 by NPR), and A Sit-Down With The Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV, andsix other collections. She is founding editor and current co-editor of the scholarly journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, now in its twentieth year, published quarterly by Routledge. In 1998, Barreca received UConn's “Excellence in Teaching” Award. She writes three times a week for the “Brainstorm” section of The Chronicle of Higher Education, blogs twice weekly for Psychology Today, and has a Sunday op-ed column in The Hartford Courant. Gina has appeared on dozens of television programs including 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show, and Oprah. The University Press of New England will publish her next book, an edited collected titled Make Mine a Double, in 2010.

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