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Culture

3
Mar

Written by Woodhull Alum, Beverly Wettenstein, as posted in www.HuffingtonPost.com on March 1, 2010.

New York Post Food Feature headline on February 7 read: “‘Taste Duds’ Top city chefs divulge the foods that make their stomach churn.”

In response, here is my Letter to New York Post:

All seven “top city chefs” featured were male.
Food for thought: Please consider including top female chefs for future stories.
Thank you.
The headline should read “Taste Studs.”

Beverly Wettenstein continue

Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Living | Blog
9
Feb

by Nancy Matsumoto (Woodhull Member)

Originally posted to Eating Disorder Blogs

I just finished reading Peach Friedman’s Diary of an Exercise Addict, which is newly out in paperback from Globe Pequot Press. The book chronicles Friedman’s descent into exercise bulimia after a breakup with her boyfriend and her parents’ separation, and takes the reader with her through her treatment and eventual recovery.

As her disorder deepens, Friedman describes her “boundless energy” and imagines that every woman must envy her and every man find her attractive. She doesn’t realize that her appearance is beginning to frighten and disgust friends and acquaintances and that the combination of her excessive running and her low weight is damaging her joints beyond full recovery. When her grip on reality is at its most tenuous, however, Friedman describes an internal confusion over whether her gaunt appearance is “offensive” or “sexy.” She writes, “The two are confused in my mind, not knowing which is my intention, which I want.” The disorder is both a barrier against overwhelming emotions and human contact and a covert bid for attention.

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Category : Culture | Living | News | Blog
30
Nov

By Beth Fiteni, Environmental Health Advocate, (Woodhull Alumna) as posted in Newsday, November 25, 2009.

I never look forward to Thanksgiving.   Not because my family gatherings are unpleasant, or because I am unpatriotic, but because of what Thanksgiving has come to symbolize: overindulgence, without much thought of consequences.  In a time when more of us are thinking about our impact on the planet, it’s time to re-evaluate how we celebrate this holiday.

Everyone likes to think that Thanksgiving turkeys live in bucolic conditions, but the realities of big-business agriculture in the United States contradict that image.   Some of us may not care if the way our food was produced has negative consequences, but what was Thanksgiving originally supposed to mean?

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Category : Culture | Education | Featured | Blog
17
Nov

By Madeline Wheeler (Woodhull Alumna), as posted in the Huffington Post on November 16, 2009.

When asked to come up with a list of the top 10 books for 2009 to counter Publisher’s Weekly all male Top Ten Best Books of 2009, our group of over 5000 women writers at She Writes decided not to make a list. What point could be made by making a top 10 female authors list? Virginia Woolf posited that great artists are androgynous. It is hard to believe the claim that PW was dismayed that their list turned up all male. There isn’t anything new about a top 10 list — they’re fun — but can they effect change? A controversial top 10 … well, that’s something. continue

Category : Culture | Blog
12
Jul

by Victoria Olsen (Writers 7)

If love comes first, what comes second?  Death, Jong implies in this collection of mature poems by the well-established feminist writer.  She writes about losing friends, hospital visits, aging relationships, but also the immortality of art and beauty.  The common denominator in this diverse and accomplished collection is love, the glue that holds all these relationships together and makes the struggles bearable.  continue

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Blog
12
Jul

Sappho’s Leap is an amazing fictional reconstruction of the life of the poet Sappho. Set during the 7th century b.c., Erica Jong brilliantly combines Greek mythology with a touch of history and excerpts from Sappho’s poetry. Like any good fiction, Sappho’s Leap speaks to the heart and the imagination of its reader. continue

Category : Culture | Blog
29
May

Book Review of Women. Period. by Victoria Olsen (Woodhull Alumna)

You may be surprised to hear that an anthology of personal essays about menstruation was recently published.  If so, you’ll be very surprised to hear that in fact two have come out in the past few months.  A recent book review in The New York Times attributes this interest to the flood of anthologies about every “slice” of women’s experiences that have appeared since the popularity of The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage. The Times reviewer wonders, how much is there to say about getting your period?  And what’s next, a “collection of ruminative essays about bowel movements”?

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Category : Culture | Living | Blog
5
May

I recently had the opportunity to work in LA, across the country and around the world with artists and activists on a new version of “HaTikvah” (Israel’s national anthem)

Called “Hope Remixed”, this “Hativkah” Beat-Boxing video is an expression of hope and optimism, with a new beat. In a time when the image of Israel is too often of war and conflict, “Hope Remixed” celebrates Israel’s diversity, beauty, history, and modernity.


An amazing woman produced this video – Maital Guttman.   She brought together collaborators, including my own fabulous producer (Glenn Grossman- my fiance and co-writer) created beats and vocal parts for me to do on the mix. And yes, you’ll see little snippets of yours truly in the video as well. (Full credits below) continue

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Education | News | Blog
13
Apr

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Category : Culture | Woodhull in the News | Blog
10
Apr

Tara Bracco (Woodhull Faculty) read her works at a show for Poetic People Power show on universal health care presented on April 11, 2007 at the Bowery Poetry Club.  See her readings at the Facebook links below:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=6006424795&oid=19045484352

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=6003254795&oid=19045484352

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