Lecture at Monmouth University on the history of Anorexia Nervosa
Fasting Girls: Then and Now by Cornell Professor Joan Jacobs Brumberg
Sponsored by: The Diane Gooch Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series
Date: October 15 at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall
Cost: Free and Open to the public
Monmouth University is pleased to present the Diane Gooch Distinguished Visiting Lecture Fasting Girls: Then and Now with a Q & A delivered by Cornell Professor Emerita Joan Jacobs Brumberg on October 15 at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Brumberg will discuss the historical roots of anorexia nervosa. Once a medical curiosity of only anecdotal significance, the disorder may now afflict as many as one million young women a year in the United States alone. She suggests that the burgeoning incidence of the disease in the last thirty years is due to complex transitions in the realm of sexuality and family life as well as with food, eating, exercise, and the body.
Brumberg is a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and professor emerita in history, human development, and gender studies at Cornell University, where she has been teaching since 1979. In 1988, Professor Brumberg's book Fasting Girls, a history of anorexia nervosa, won the John Hope Franklin Prize, the Berkshire Book Prize, the Eileen Basker Prize, and the Watson Davis Prize. In 1998, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls was selected by the American Library Association for a Choice Award and also for special notice by Voice of Youth Advocacy.
The “Fasting Girls: Then and Now” lecture is part of a “Change the Conversation” initiative developed by Monmouth University Professor of Health Studies Andrea Hope. This year, in coordination with History Professor Katherine Parkin, Monmouth University will be hosting a week-long series of events.
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Performance: Hauntings: Marking Flesh, Time, Memory
Tuesday, October 16, 4:30 p.m, Plangere, TV Studio
By Tessa Carr and MU Professor Deanna Shoemaker
This collaborative performance explores themes of decay, loss, desire, and transformative discovery through the aging female body. Using hula hoops, soundscapes from everyday life, photographs of two female-marked bodies embedded in lush natural settings, staged photographs of two women disguised in fantasy personas, and live performance, Carr and Shoemaker theorize how loss (of life, youth, culture, voice, visibility) calls us deeply into the fragile present while simultaneously pulling us, willingly or unwillingly, into our haunted pasts and possible futures. Evocative and participatory, “Hauntings” invites audiences to meditate on the joys and terrors of living in the ephemeral, imagined, and full present tense of Here. Now.
Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Boylan Gymnasium in the MAC
Open to MU community: (Must show Student ID to enter building)
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for exercise that allows freedom of movement, and preferably fabrics that wick the moisture away from your body. Also, sneakers should be comfortable with plenty of cushion and lateral support. It is recommended to bring a towel and water. Facilitated by Isabel Marmolejo, MAT – Adjunct, Foreign Languages Department.
Wednesday, October 17, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Boylan Gymnasium in the MAC (South Side)
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. (A limited supply of mats is available for those who don’t!) No experience necessary – just a desire to take time out and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit! Facilitated by Julie Schaaff, MS – Lecturer, Department of Health & Physical Education
Film Screening and Panel for Someday Melissa
Thursday, October 18: 6 - 9 p.m.
This film screening is open to the MU community. Someday Melissa is a film about a 19 year old young woman who lost her life due to complications from bulimia nervosa. The panel includes students currently in recovery, experts in the eating disorder field, and a former MU student, Vic Avon, who's written a book (one of the few by men in recovery for eating disorders). Vic is the first male spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association and was quoted in a NYT article this summer.
Additional activities supporting “Change the Conversation” include tabling in the student center, information, programming and fact sheets in the dining hall and residence life, and a blog for students to anonymously record their thoughts and experiences with body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders.