Faculty Book Talk: Rebecca Lester

  • February 27, 2020 • 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Olin Library, Rm. 142

Rebecca Lester, associate professor of sociocultural anthropology, will discuss her book Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America.

Famished, the culmination of over two decades of anthropological and clinical work, as well as a lifetime of lived experience, presents a profound rethinking of eating disorders and how to treat them.

Through a mix of rich cultural analysis, detailed therapeutic accounts, and raw autobiographical reflections, Famished helps make sense of why people develop eating disorders, what the process of recovery is like, and why treatments so often fail. It’s also an unsparing condemnation of the tension between profit and care in American healthcare, demonstrating how a system set up to treat a disease may, in fact, perpetuate it. Read more about the book in this profile from The Source.

Refreshments will be provided, and books will be available for purchase and signing. Free and open to all.