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Seeing Food as Power: Michelle Obama, Let's Move!, and Women's Lifestyle Magazines (Humanities Research Forum)

When: Thursday, April 8, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description: As First Lady, Michelle Obama made the issues of childhood obesity and access to nutritious food central to her public health campaign, Let's Move!. This campaign defined her public identity, and on its face, represented a gendered policy issue nutrition and childhood wellbeing. Our ongoing interdisciplinary analysis draws on social art history and qualitative sociology to interpret First Lady Obama's identity as presented in women's lifestyle magazines. We argue that First Lady Obama strategically chose to center food as a symbolically-laden point of departure to leverage political influence from within the confines of the feminized role of the FLOTUS.

Lauren Freese, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at the University of South Dakota
Amber Tierney, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and Chair of the Sociology Department at Lake Tahoe Community College

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