MillerComm Lecture Series

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1998
Joan Jacobs Brumberg
7:00 pm

Lincoln Hall Theater

702 South Wright Street


Event Description

In The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls, social historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg chronicles how growing up in a female body has changed over the past century, and why that experience is more difficult today than ever before.

With an eye for the humor in as well as the pain of female adolescence, Brumberg uses personal diaries and other historical sources to show how American girls have come to increasingly to define themselves through appearance, so that today their bodies have become their primary projects.

Cosponsored by: College of Nursing, School of Social Work, Department of Community Health, Department of Dance, Department of English, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of History, Department of Human and Community Development, Department of Kinesiology, Department of Sociology, LAS/Humanities Council, Medical Humanities and Social Sciences Program, Women's Studies Program, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, Office of Women's Programs, McKinley Health Center

Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Professor of History, Human Development and Women's Studies, Cornell University : author, The Body Project: An intimate History of American Girls