Nov 7, 2007    #155
Contact: Angela Turner

Author Courtney Martin to speak on perfectionism and eating disorders

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) Women’s Center will host “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body,” a lecture and workshop on Eating Disorders and Perfectionism that will be presented by author Courtney Martin on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007.

The workshop, titled “Teach Your Students to Stress Less and Ditch Their Inner Perfectionist,” will be held at 2 p.m. in UMKC’s University Center, room 117. At 5:30 p.m., Martin will present an open lecture, “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters,” on the Hospital Hill campus in the Health Sciences Building, room 3301.

Both events are free and open to the public, although registration is required for the afternoon workshop. To register or for additional information, please call the Women’s Center at 816-235-1638.

The workshop and lecture are both based on Martin’s recently published book and will focus on girls’ need to be perfect and the ways that need for perfection is played out in women’s bodies. Courtney E. Martin is the author of “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body” and an adjunct professor of gender studies at Hunter College. She has a master’s degree in writing and social change from the Gallatin School at New York University and a bachelor’s in political science and sociology from Barnard College. The workshop and lecture are sponsored by the UMKC Women’s Center with support from the Baptist Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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