Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:00pm
404 Morrill Hall
Adrienne Rose Bitar, Postdoctoral Associate, History, Cornell University, will speak as part of the Spring 2018 American Studies Colloquium Series.
A light lunch will be provided.
Adrienne Rose Bitar specializes in the history and culture of American food, popular culture, and health. Her book, Diet and the Disease of Civilization (2017) reveals how 20th century dieting systems have articulated a powerful response to anxieties about the psychic and physical costs of modernity, crafting new stories positioning civilization itself as a disease and diet as the cure. Bitar unearths the ways in which diet books are actually utopian manifestos not just for better bodies, but also for a healthier society and a more perfect world.