Adam Ruben’s book, “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Grad School,” may sound off-putting at first, especially to an academic crowd. But a closer look unveils the comedian’s ironic style.
After all, Ruben himself is a molecular biologist with a PhD. His satirical approach to surviving the low points of post-baccalaureate education is the reason UofL’s Graduate Student Council, partnered with the Student Activities Board, booked him for a performance on campus next Friday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in Strickler Hall.
“We understand graduate school is difficult and want to provide UofL grad students with an opportunity to relax and have some fun. People can look forward to comedy about life in grad school as told from a man who has experienced it himself,” said Kelsey Kaht, VP of External Affairs for the GSC and a chemistry PhD candidate.
Kaht added that this show fits the GSC’s objectives of providing “social reimbursement” for graduate students.
“Many students will have difficulties getting through this time in school. It can be very intense. This is just a way to offer a break and to boost morale,” she said. “His humor and his subject-matter is something we can all relate to, which makes it more fun. It’s very applicable.”
There will be a book signing with Ruben after his free show.
In addition to authoring “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Grad School,” Ruben is also co-host of “Outrageous Acts of Science” on the Science Channel, and has been a featured guest on the Food Network, Travel Channel, Weather Channel, NPR and more.
More information about next Friday’s event is available on the GSC’s Facebook page