Theory of laughter

Humorist Gina Barreca will be the next Trumbull Town Hall speaker.

Barreca is an author and professor of feminist theory who has appeared on “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” “Dr. Phil,” CNN, NPR and the BBC to discuss issues of gender, power, politics and humor.

She is the author of “It’s Not That I’m Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World,” “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” as well as six other books, and she has edited 16 books.

Barreca is a professor of English and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, and her weekly column for The Hartford Courant is nationally syndicated by the McClatchy-Tribune Syndicate, according to her website.

She has been a speaker at events organized by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, the National Writers Workshop, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, the National Association of Independent Schools, Women In Federal Law Enforcement and The Smithsonian.

She will speak at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, as part of the 2013-14 Trumbull Town Hall series.

Single tickets are $25 and will be available at the box office the morning of the lecture or can be purchased by calling 330-373-1900.