Lecture / Reading

WIS Seminar: "Julia Child, America's French Chef: An Appetite for Life."

Sponsored by Women's Interchange at SLAC (WIS)


Wednesday, March 23, 2011
12:00 pm –
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SLAC Panofsky Auditorium, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Ask guard at main gate to point out the auditorium and free parking areas. Marguerite SLAC shuttle runs between main campus and SLAC every 40 minutes, see Maguerite webpage.
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Women's Interchange at SLAC (WIS) is pleased to present  Nancy C. Unger, Associate Professor of History, Santa Clara University,speaking on
"Julia Child, America's French Chef:  An Appetite for Life".

What is it about Julia Child?  She's a cook - not a great scientist or world leader.  Yet she graced the cover of Times in 1966, and has been the subject of a musical play and several biographies.  How can we understand how "just cooking" made this women not only an American icon, but allowed her to profoundly influence what Americans eat and cook, and think about the purpose of food and of meals?
This talk places Child's fascinating life story within the context of  American women's history.  Her appetite - for food and for life - was inspirational, and fun.  She was an amazing women in her own time,  and left an important legacy by following her passions and being unapologetically herself. 

Admission Info

Free and open to the general public. Bring a photo ID to show to the guard at SLAC's main gate. Arrive at 11:45am to allow time for parking. Or take the Marguerite shuttle bus from main campus.

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