Author Joan Jacobs Brumberg will deliver a free public lecture, “Rethinking Anorexia Nervosa: A Historical Perspective” 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, in the Geneva Room. In this lecture, she will explore the history of anorexia nervosa and how and why it has changed over time.
Brumberg is the author of “Fasting Girls: The History Of Anorexia Nervosa” (1988) and “The Body Project” (1997). Using intimate materials drawn from the unpublished diaries of American girls, “The Body Project” provides a lively and engaging story of how growing up as a girl has changed over the past one hundred years, and why the pressures on girls are now so intense.
A Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Brumberg is a professor of history, human development and gender studies at Cornell University. At Cornell, she teaches courses on the history of American women, childhood, and medicine. Her sensitive research and writing about American women and girls has been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. She received her B.A. from the University of Rochester, a master's degree in American Civilization from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.