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Nov. 7 CROW Forum to feature UNI religion professor

November 1, 2011
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Barbara Cutter, director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-5909, barbara.cutter@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa professor Susan Hill will present "Gluttons and Fat Bodies: Gendered Representations from the Ancient Western World," at noon, Monday, Nov. 7, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education, 109A Maucker Union.

Hill will discuss gendered representations of gluttony and fatness in the ancient world and will explore the ways in which those representations are fundamentally different from modern American understandings. Today, many believe that people are fat because they are gluttons. Hill will talk about the surprising idea that the connections people make between gluttony and fatness was virtually unknown in the ancient western world.

Hill teaches religion courses at UNI, including Women and Christianity. She received her Ph.D. in religion and literature from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Her lecture topic comes from her recently published book, "Eating to Excess: The Meaning of Gluttony and the Fat Body in the Ancient World." University Book and Supply will be on hand with copies of the book for purchase and Hill will sign books immediately following her presentation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Cutter, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-5909 or barbara.cutter@uni.edu.