Food for Thought
Enjoy a fine meal and take part in thought-provoking conversations with distinguished Carolina faculty and alumni. Honors Carolina’s intimate Food for Thought dinner events are typically held every month throughout the academic year.
Fall 2013 Schedule
All Food for Thought dinners are held at 6:30PM in Graham Memorial 011, unless otherwise noted.
James Lesher, Department of Philosophy
Does the Best Kind of Life Require Friends?
September 11, 2013
Dr. James Lesher is a professor in the university’s philosophy department. He has written or edited four books on ancient Greek philosophy, and has written over 60 articles on the same subject. He currently teaches a course on ancient philosophy and is writing a book on Heraclitean ideas in modern poetry.
Join Dr. Lesher for a discussion on the role of friendship in life.
Jan Bardsley, Department of Asian Studies
Monsters and Beauty Queens: Aesthetic Labor in Japan
September 18, 2013
Messages encouraging beauty work as the key to virtue and success are ubiquitous in the developed world and certainly abundant in Japan. Corporate demand for employees to perform aesthetic labor, to “look good and sound right,” has come to play an increasingly important role in the global and local marketplace. This valuation of beauty meshes well with the post-feminist rhetoric that intertwines choice and empowerment with consumerism, self-surveillance, and body work. Popular guides published by authors as disparate as geisha, Miss Japan winners, and the transsexual make-up artist IKKO offer readers ways to achieve liberation through beauty work. My presentation explores contemporary aesthetic labor in Japan in a different vein, analyzing tales of ” beauty gone wrong” by reading them against the popular guides. I concentrate on two contemporary monster novels: Misu-kon=mis-control by Gōtō Etsuko (Shōgakukan, 2004) and Monsutā by Hyakuta Naoki (Gentōsha, 2010), showing how beauty achievement enables the protagonists to command power initially but ultimately self-destruct because of it. Most interesting in the novels is the way that authors Gōtō and Hyakuta critique the pressures on women to perfect their appearance, but offer no alternative.
Join Dr. Bardsley for a discussion on contemporary aesthetic labor in Japan.
Dr. Shimul Melwani teaches courses on global leadership and organizational behavior to both graduate and undergraduate students at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She conducts research on the interpersonal influences of emotions on the processes and outcomes of organizations, focusing on the influences of gossip and discrete emotions such as contempt, compassion, and anger.
Join Dr. Melwani for a discussion on organizational behavior and what it is.
Professor Buck Goldstein is the university’s Entrepreneur in Residence as well as Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics. He has co-founded an online information company as well as a venture capital fund for internet businesses. Before his time at UNC, he brought his interests in entrepreneurship and the internet together and taught a course titled Entrepreneurship on the Internet. Now, further exploring the possibilities that the internet holds, he is developing a course for Coursera, an entrepreneurship company offering hundreds of online courses.
Join Professor Goldstein for a discussion about privacy in the Digital Age. Please note: this dinner will begin at 6PM.
Jim Ferguson and Samantha Buckner, Honors Carolina/EATS 101
Educational Template of EATS 101
October 23, 2013
Dr. Jim Ferguson and Samantha Buckner are co-instructors for the Honors seminar in Food and Culture, also known as EATS 101. The course is interdisciplinary, interactive, wide ranging, aims to cover a variety of issues related to food, and includes class dinners every week.
Join Dr. Ferguson and Ms. Buckner for a discussion on the template of EATS 101 and the course’s merits as an educational model.
Dr. Lisa Lindsay’s research centers on the social history of West Africa, particularly Nigeria, and on links between Africa and other parts of the world. Although over time her primary focus has moved from gender to slavery, in all of her work she endeavors to understand large-scale processes through human-scale experiences, and to attend to African particularities as well as points of larger comparison and connection. She is currently at work on the contextualized biography of a South Carolina freedman who in the 1850s migrated to modern-day Nigeria, making trans-Atlantic connections that his descendants and their American relatives maintain to this day.
Join Dr. Lindsay for a discussion on recent social and political events in Africa, and their implications for the future of the continent.
Dr. Kelly Hogan is a senior lecturer and advisor in the biology department at UNC. The UNC Biology Department Instructor of the Year in 2011, Hogan has written about cloning and stem cells. She is also interested in how to most effectively teach in the classroom, to ensure the college students of today are active and effective learners.
With costs rising and employment low, a college degree is becoming more expensive and more important with every passing year. Does a bigger price tag mean a better education? Join Professor Hogan for a captivating discussion about learning, and whether or not college students are doing it.
Larry Goldberg, Department of English and Comparative Literature
In Response to the Governor, What is a Liberal Education?
November 20, 2013
Dr. Larry Goldberg’s primary passions are Shakespeare and Plato. For the last twenty years, he has become known for his “Elements of Politics” course sequence, in which he and students discuss classics of political thought from all genres—philosophy, literature, history, essay, economics, and science—ranging from the ancients through the twentieth century.
Join Dr. Goldberg for a discussion of liberal arts education and its worth outside of the job market.