How perceptions of physical beauty affect public policy around issues of health, civil rights, education, and accessibility; an examination of what is normal when it comes to “the body” across cultures and time; and how these ideas are complicated when considering race, class, gender, sexuality, age and disability will be addressed by participants at Sarah Lawrence College’s 13th Annual Women’s History Conference, to be held March 4 and 5 in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center.
The two-day conference, “Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics & the Dynamics of Difference,” is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker is Marilyn Wann, fat activist and author of Fat! So? Panels of scholars, activists and writers include such topics as: Stigma, Issues in Fat Studies, Burlesque, Body Politics on Film, and the Price of Beauty.