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Talking Trash: Oral Histories of Food In/Security from the Margins of a Dumpster

October 26, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Part of Dishing: A Lecture Series on Food, Feminism, and the Way We Eat. Video now available on YouTube!

A talk by Rachel Vaughn, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and the UCLA Department of Gender Studies

Join us after the talk for the Fighting Hunger Fair — your chance to meet UCLA and community groups and researchers working to eliminate hunger and waste.

Rachel Vaughn holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas. From 2011- 2012, she was a Fellow in Gender Studies at Oklahoma State University; and was then Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her research engages the intersections of food politics, food sovereignty, and feminist environmental theory. By way of her oral history research with scavengers, foragers, and dumpster divers of varying food security levels and socio-economic backgrounds, she explores how the space of the dumpster and the act of diving work as alternative forms of cultural knowledge about food. Her work asks how the labels ‘real,’ or by default ‘un-real’, ‘edible’ or ‘inedible’ effect people of varying food (in)securities within the current food systems we consume. Vaughn is the author of a book in progress Talking Trash: Oral Histories of Food In/Security from the Margins of a Dumpster (under review with University of Nebraska Press).


Co-sponsored by UCLA Division of Social Sciences, UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, UCLA Department of History, and UCLA Food Studies Graduate Certificate Program


UCLA Center for the Study of Women


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