Breakfast Series with Professor Heather Paxson

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 8:00am to 9:30am

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The Breakfast Series returns, with a chance to meet and learn more about the career path of MIT Professor of Anthropology, Heather Paxson.

About this event
Twice–yearly women in the MIT community are invited to informal "breakfast talks." Known as the Breakfast Series, they are occasions when women faculty and administrators explore the role of women in the academy, sharing the pathways their professional lives have taken — the people and events that have influenced their direction.

Heather Paxson is interested in how people craft a sense of themselves as moral beings in their everyday lives, especially through activities having to do with family and food. She is the author of two ethnographic monographs: Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (University of California Press, 2004) and The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2013), analyzing how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value within American landscapes of production and consumption. Her current work concerns the practical and semiotic work of moving perishable foods across international borders. After serving as Area Editor for the James Beard Award-winning Oxford Companion to Cheese, in 2018 she began a 5-year term co-editing Cultural Anthropology.  At MIT, Heather teaches courses on food, family, craft, ethnographic research, and the meaning of life.  She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. from Haverford College.

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women, talk, Anthropology, careers, informal



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