Upcoming Lecture: College and Cleavage
Dr. Karen Tice, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky, will be presenting College Cleavage: Beauty Pageantry, Body Politics and Campus Life.
Mar 31, 2011
from 05:00 pm to 06:00 pm
|Where||Belknap Research Building Room 139|
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One site where the cultural power of beauty pageants has long been felt is higher education. On first consideration, colleges seem to be unlikely venues for showcasing beauty and bodies but campuses have awarded tiaras throughout the 20th century. Recently, campus beauty pageants have soared in popularity as numerous women and men have competed for campus crowns on the runways of both predominantly white and black colleges. Based on interviews and fieldwork, this talk will explore how cultural norms for bodies, style, and personal empowerment through makeover--as well as widespread conflicts over representation, distinction, exclusion, racism, and objectification--are evident in campus life. How, and why, is higher education in the beauty and body business?