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‘Fast Food Kids’ Subject of Next Vision Series Lecture

April 16, 2013

By Frances Womble

Amy Best. Creative Services photo

Amy Best. Creative Services photo

Amy Best, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and the founding director of the PhD program in Public Sociology, will give the next lecture of the Vision Series on Monday, April 22, in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are not required, and an informal reception with refreshments will follow the lecture, “Fast Food Kids: Youth and the Changing Food Landscape of Family, School and Everyday Life.”

The lecture will examine the place of food in the lives of American youth based on strategies for analysis, including observation of youth food settings, community health events, public school food reform programs, interviews and focus groups, family-food memories written by children and materials designed to understand the social significance of food to youth.

Best’s research focuses on how gender, ethnicity, race and class differently shape the social experiences of contemporary American youth.  She is the recipient of the 2002 American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice award for her book, “Prom Night Youth, Schools and Popular Culture.” She is the author of another book and edited a third book. She also published 11 articles or book chapters.