While I’ll likely never have a #BestWeekEver like Sherri Shepherd did in January (I’m still laughing), it’s been a big couple of weeks around here. Here are some of the high points.
Participated in BU Commencement 2013
On May 18, I participated in the commencement ceremonies for Boston University’s Metropolitan College, surrounded by the newest Gastronomy graduates, as well as hundreds of students who have completed undergraduate and graduate degrees while working full or part time and raising families. I’m currently enrolled in my final course (see more info below) and will officially receive my MLA in Gastronomy in September.
Published First Peer Reviewed Paper
On May 22, my first peer reviewed paper, “Food and Fashion: Exploring Fat Female Identity in Drop Dead Diva,” was published online in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society in a special issue on visual representations of fat and fatness. In this paper, I explore the program’s progressive path to size acceptance that redefines body scripts, normalizing and embracing the fat female body.
Published Essay on Bitch Flicks
On May 27, my essay, “Sex and the City 2: Hardcore Orientalism in the Desert of Abu Dhabi, was published as part of Travel Film Week on Bitch Flicks, a website dedicated to viewing films and the entertainment industry through a feminist lens. For Bitch Flicks I’ve also written “Gender, Family, and Globalization in Eat Drink Man Woman” and “Trophy Kitchens in Two Nancy Meyers’ Films, Something’s Gotta Give and It’s Complicated.”
Awarded Healthcare Blog Top 20
On May 28, this blog made the Healthcare Blog Top 20 by Excite.com Healthcare Degree website, which provides resources for online healthcare education. Online learning opportunities draw more and more attention, and I have been fortunate to take some truly first rate online and blended courses while part of the Gastronomy program. My alma mater, UC Berkeley, also offers a new online MPH program.
Began Final Gastronomy Course
On May 22, I began my final course in the Gastronomy program as part of Boston University’s summer session. Titled “The Big Fat Fat Controversy,” this course taught by Dr. Karen Pepper will explore fat in all its forms, from the dietary to the corporeal. I hope that it will provide me an opportunity to marry my studies of public health and gastronomy in an interdisciplinary way.
Here is some of what we’ll be reading: