Speaker to discuss sex, power and humor Nov. 14

“Why The Bad Girl Always Gets The Last Laugh: How Sex, Power and Humor Work Together” is the topic for the Proteus Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Memorial Auditorium at Shippensburg University.

Dr. Gina Barreca, professor of English at the University of Connecticut, will present the talk. Her program is free and open to the public. Humor is the theme of this issue of Proteus, the university’s literary journal.

Barreca is author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World and has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and German.

She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was one of the first classes of women, an M.A. from an all-women’s college at Cambridge University, and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York. She blogs regularly for Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post; she has also written for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan and The Harvard Business Review.