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The Cassandra Voss Center to Host Regina Barreca

From St. Norbert College, September 14, 2015
by Mariah Doughman, mariah.doughman@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Cassandra Voss Center (CVC) will host Regina Barreca, professor of English at the University of Connecticut. The event will occur at 3 p.m. at the Cassandra Voss Center on the St. Norbert College campus; Barreca will be presenting " Who's Laughing Now!?: On Gender & Humor." This event is free and open to the public.

Barreca will describe how gender and humor function in the workplace, classroom, and media. She explains that humor is at the core of intimacy in a place that is, at its norm, a competitive and tense environment. It has the power to create relationships within a work place that allow ideas to be shared among peers without fear of rejection.

Barreca, a syndicated columnist and professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut, is also a well-known author. She has authored and edited ten books including "They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor." She has also appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, Joy Behar, Dr. Phil, and Oprah to examine gender, power, politics, popular culture, and humor.

The Cassandra Voss Center established in 2013 houses the Joan P. Schaupp Women's Center, the Men's Initiative, the women's and gender studies discipline, and other student amenities. The CVC honors Cassandra Voss who lost her life in a car accident in 2007 during her senior year at St. Norbert College. Voss was to be the first student on campus to complete an individualized major in women's and gender studies.

For more information on the program and the Cassandra Voss Center, visit http://www.snc.edu/cvc, email cvc@snc.edu or call 920-4033-1342.