Colloquium: Broken Scales

Colloquium: Broken Scales
September 24, 2010

This Fall Term EKU Libraries will continue its effort to encourage casual dialogue across disciplinary boundaries among faculty and students by hosting hour-long, informally moderated colloquiums on selected Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in the new Crabbe Library Research and Instruction Commons Conference Room, 204G.

Each colloquium will be devoted to text, video or audio material chosen by a faculty member who will also moderate the discussion. The material may be of any subject, scholarly or topical, peer-reviewed or popular, including original work, fiction and poetry. The only requirement is that the item(s) under discussion be accessible online (including, of course, any of EKU Libraries’ many subscription resources).

This Friday, Dr. Matthew Winslow will moderate discussion of  Broken Scales: Obesity and Justice in America (with emphasis on pages 1654–1687 and 1802–1806):

[We focus] on exploring the vast divergence between common sense views of the sources of obesity – which typically attribute the phenomena to the individual, private choices of consumers – and the very different conception of the sources of obesity that emerges from the social sciences, which are typically much more focused on environmental influences on consumption behavior.


Refreshments kindly provided by EKU Student Government Association.

Faculty interested in participating as moderators are encouraged to contact Rob Sica.


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