The Points Interview: Gina Barreca | Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society

The Points Interview: Gina Barreca | Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society.

Interview with UConn’s own humorist, Prof. Gina Barreca, talking about her 2011 book. Enjoy! And get the book.

Barreca Book Cover

University Press of New England, 2011

Editor’s Note: Continuing the attention to gender and drinking that we mustered up for women’s history month, Points is excited to welcome feminist author Gina Barreca as our twenty-second interview, talking about her recent anthology of writings by women on drinking, Make Mine a Double: Why Women Like Us Like To Drink (or Not) (University Press of New England, 2011). Well-known as a syndicated columnist and radio commentator, Barreca is a historian of gender and humor as well as a gendered and humorous subject. Her past scholarly books include They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor (Viking, 1991) and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League (University Press of New England, 2011). When not hoisting a glass, she teaches English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut.

2011 — LUNAFEST Film Festival Tuesday April 12 UConn Storrs

News from the University of Connecticut Women’s Center.  Event starts at 6. Parking is free after 5 pm!


Event date: April 12, 2011 6:00 PM
Location: UConn Storrs Campus, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Storrs, CT | Map

The LUNAFEST Team and the Women’s Center present the Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival here at the University of Connecticut. This year’s LUNAFEST will take place on April 12, 2011 in the Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Center. The mission of LUNAFEST is to celebrate and inspire women through the art of film and community fundraising. LUNAFEST is a national film festival that features short films by, for and about women. LUNAFEST was established in 2000 by LUNA, Makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women’s issues, and support worthy women’s nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised for this event will support the Breast Cancer Fund and UConn Women’s Center. LUNAFEST provides a very unique and diversifying experience for UConn students and the surrounding community.

This year we will be joined by one of the filmmakers, G. Melissa Graziano, who directed Love on the Line and is originally from Connecticut. Tickets may be purchased online. For more information about the films, please visit

The Konover Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For additional accommodations, please contact the Women’s Center at 860-486-4738.

Pre-sale ticket prices:
Student $5.00
Regular $7.00

Night of the event prices:
Students – $7
Regular – $10

Peggy Seeger at UConn Storrs 3/21/2011

“A Feminist View of the Image of Women in Anglo-American Traditional Songs.”  A conversation with Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

A Conversation with Peggy Seeger



Date: Monday, March 21,2011

Time: 11:30 AM

Where: Louis J. von der Mehden Recital Hall

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, the University Libraries’ Diversity Advisory Team is sponsoring a program with Peggy Seeger, a member of America’s foremost folk music families. She is considered to be one of North America’s finest revival singers of traditional songs and has recorded over 22 solo discs. In addition to composing and singing her own songs, Ms. Seeger plays 5-string banjo, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, English concertina, and piano.

This workshop will explore the images and roles of women in traditional Anglo-American songs dating from the 17th century onward. Ms. Seeger will delight us with a mix of singing and conversation and will welcome questions from the audience during and after this event. The workshop is open to everyone and runs over the course of two hours.  We encourage you to come for all or part of the program as your schedules allow. The event will be followed by a reception.

Shira Tarrant speaking at UConn Storrs: Pornfed: SexySmart Choices in a XXX World

Shira Tarrant will speak at UConn Storrs campus during  2011’s  National Women’s History Month events.  She is an “expert in gender and sexual politics, pop culture, and masculinity” and is a prolific author on these topics.

Here’s the scoop on her Storrs CT appearance:

Shira Tarrant

Shira Tarrant speaking at UConn Storrs

WHEN:  Wed 3/23/2011, 7 pm

WHERE: Student Union Theater, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

TALK TITLE: Pornfed: SexySmart Choices in a XXX World

Event is free

Tarrant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach, CA,

Her most recent publication is below, posted on AlterNet.

AlterNet / By Shira Tarrant

Pornography 101: Why College Kids Need Porn Literacy TrainingMobile technology and abstinence-only guarantee that more young people get their sex ed from pornography. Its time to talk to them about what they’re watching.

via Pornography 101: Why College Kids Need Porn Literacy Training | Media | AlterNet.

First Event in Series: Combating the Prison Industrial Complex

Testimonial Truth and Action: Panel Presentation with Wally Lamb, Brenda Medina, Kathy Wyatt, and LaResse Harvey

DATE: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
TIME: 4:00 pm
PLACE: Bishop Center, Room 7, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Book signing and Reception to follow

Wally Lamb

This panel presentation, featuring writers from nationally recognized author Wally Lamb’s collections: Couldn’t Keep It to Myself. Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution (Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters) and I’ll FlyAway: Further Testimonies from the Women of York  Prison, is part of a series titled “Combating the Prison Industrial Complex: Testimonial Truth and Action.”

Lamb book on women in prison

Meet the authors

If, as scholars and critics have aptly noted, the contemporary U.S. landscape is increasingly marked and marred by an ever-growing prison industry, then this series of readings, screenings, and panels attempts to bring context, raise awareness, and prompt action for an expansive problem. From women to men, from straight populations to LGBT demographics, inclusive of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, the changing face of prisons reflects a crisis of human rights. As Angela Davis, a longtime activist/scholar, reminds, “Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings.” Even so, “Combating the Prison Industrial Complex: Testimonial Truth and Action” signals a mode of resistance, and the program features stories from those who have not been broken:  former inmates, prison rights advocates, and cultural activists.

Free and open to the public.

Book donations for the York Prison Library would be greatly appreciated.

For further info or special accommodations call 860-486-3997

This series brings together the Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Institute, Women’s Studies Program, Institute for African American Studies, Asian American Studies Institute, Rainbow Center, and student groups.

Sponsoring Institutes

Put the Blame on Eve: What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy

Meet the Author : Melinda Rising
Put the Blame on Eve: What Women Must Overcome to Feel Worthy
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
6 PM UConn Co-op

Book cover from Put the blame on EveIn her groundbreaking book, Put the Blame on Eve, Dr. Rising investigates the “curse of Eve.” She follows the roots of women’s struggle for equal pay, equal status, and equal respect back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve and the serpent and the apple. Rising has served as Women’s Issues Chair for the AAUW’s Connecticut chapter, as Commissioner for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges, and as an academic Dean and Dean of continuing education for a variety of public and private institutions in Connecticut, including UConn.

Thanks to the UConn/Storrs Women’s Center Newsletter for this alert.

Dr. Eve Shapiro to speak at UConn Rainbow Center 2/2/2011

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time: 12pm – 1:30pm

Place: UConn Storrs Campus, Rainbow Center @ Student Union, SU 403

Admission Fee: Free and open to the public

The Rainbow Center’s Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Eve Shapiro entitled, “Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age”.

Dr. Shapiro book cover "Gender Circuits"

This talk, based on Eve’s new book Gender Circuits, explores the impact of new technologies on the gendered lives of individuals.  Examining the complex intersections between gender ideologies, social scripts, information and biomedical technologies, and embodied identities, Eve will explore whether and how new technologies are reshaping what it means to be a gendered person in contemporary society.

“This smart, provocative, and readable book explores how the stuff of science fiction has become normalized in our contemporary society. The book’s accessibility is enhanced by the author’s willingness to lead the reader through her own personal and political explorations of these themes, while bringing in the latest gender and biotechnology scholarship.”—Meika Loe, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Colgate University

Dr. Eve Shapiro is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Her current research elaborates the dynamic relationships between identity and community, including how new information and biomedical technologies are changing the gendered lives of cisgender and transgender people.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

For more about Dr. Shapiro, see her homepage at:

More information on the lecture series is available at:


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