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The Mark Twain House & Museum Presents

Mark My Words: An Evening with
Gina Barreca
“How to be Funnier in 2017: Why Humor Matters”

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.

Gina Barreca
The Mark Twain House and Museum presents Mark My Words: An Evening with Gina Barreca on Thursday, February 16, at 7 p.m. Barreca, an author, humorist, and feminist scholar, will talk about “How to be Funnier in 2017: Why Humor Matters."

Mark Twain used humor to navigate the social, political, and moral ideas of Victorian America. Barreca, with her own signature wit, argues that humor is still important as the nation continues to grapple with questions about gender, ethics, and power.

Dr. Barreca earned her B.A from Dartmouth College, where she was the first woman to be named an Alumni Scholar. She went on to receive her M.A. from Cambridge University as a Reynold’s Fellow and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York. She is a professor of English and Feminist Theory the University of Connecticut, where she has been recognized for her excellence in teaching. Barreca has also appeared on such television programs as The Today Show, CNN, and Oprah to discuss her views on gender, power, politics, and humor. Barreca is a syndicated columnist; her weekly columns for The Hartford Courant have been published in major newspapers across the country and globe, including The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and The Independent of London. Comedian Rachel Dratch says Barecca’s latest book, “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?": Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times, “contains everything a good friend would provide: honesty, insight, female camaraderie, and a lot of laughs.”

Barreca will sign books after her talk. Tickets are $25; $20 for members of The Mark Twain House and Museum and Lets Go Arts members. Members of the public can purchase tickets by calling 860-247-0998 or visiting The Mark Twain House & Museum website: marktwainhouse.org.


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