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The history of Kentucky farm food in the mid-20th Century will be the topic of an upcoming talk at Lindsey Wilson College.
Anthropologist John van Willigen will discuss "Food and Everyday Life: Kentucky Farm Life 1920-1950" at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11. His talk, which is free and open to the public, will be in the college's W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. The talk is part of the 2007-2008 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series.
Van Willigen, who is professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky, has published extensively on applied anthropology practice. He has done field research in India, Indonesia and rural Kentucky. His work has focused on the social aging process, farming systems and ethnography of farming and food ways. His research in this area has led to the publication of "These are Gettin' Some Age on Me: Social Organization of Older People in a Rural American Community;" "Tobacco Culture: Farming Kentucky's Burley Belt;" and "Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920-1950."
His publications include the widely used textbook "Applied Anthropology: An Introduction," which is now in its third edition; the edited volumes "Making Our Research Useful: Case Studies in the Utilization of Anthropological Knowledge" (with Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Ann McElroy); and "Soundings: Rapid and Reliable Research Methods for Practicing Anthropologists," which he wrote with Timothy J. Finan.
Van Willigen has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, and he has received two Fulbright Awards, both to India.
His undergraduate anthropology degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his doctorate is from the University of Arizona. During his graduate studies, he was employed by the Papago Tribe of Arizona (now the Tohono O'Odham Nation) as director of community development, which served as the basis for his dissertation.
For more information, contact the college at email@example.com or (270) 384-8212.