Imagine our and her disappointment — Ann Hood will not be able to emcee this year’s “A Day of Words, Wit and Wisdom,” because her daughter’s graduation date has been changed to June 7.

Now imagine our excitement that the very smart, very, very funny author Gina Barreca will be our emcee for the W3 event this year.
Click here to read about Gina.

Hailed as “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina Barreca was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Her weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co. and her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review.

Gina, who is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching is the only full-time female academic to be a member of the Friars Club. She’s an honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and winner of NARAL ProChoice Roraback Award, in addition to several other honors. Most recently the author of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?, her earlier books include It’s Not That I’m Bitter, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, 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. She has appeared, often as a repeat guest, on most major television and radio programs including the BBC, CNN, NPR, the Today Show, 48 Hours, and, yes, Oprah.

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