SFU Vancouver Lunch 'n' Learn

About the Lunch 'n' Learn:

Date: Thursday, February 29
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St., room 2270

Elizabeth will sit down with SFU’s Ebony Magnus to discuss her new book The Drinking Curriculum: A Cultural History of Childhood and Alcohol for what is sure to be an intoxicating conversation! There will be a Q & A session and multiple opportunities to win a copy of Elizabeth’s book.

This is an in-person event with lunch provided.

About the Book:

The Drinking Curriculum brings the taboo topic of alcohol and childhood into the limelight. Elizabeth Marshall coins the term “the drinking curriculum” to describe how a paradoxical set of cultural lessons about childhood are fueled by adult anxieties and preoccupations. By analyzing popular and widely accessible texts in visual culture—temperance tracts, cartoons, film, advertisements, and public-service announcements—the book charts how youth are targets of mixed messages about intoxication. Those messages range from the overtly violent to the humorous, the moralistic to the profane. Offering a critical and, at times, irreverent analysis of dominant protec­tionist paradigms that sanctify childhood as implicitly innocent, The Drinking Curriculum centers the graphic narratives our culture uses to teach about alcohol, the roots of these pictorial tales in the nineteenth century, and the discursive hangover we nurse into the twenty-first.

About the Speakers:

Elizabeth Marshall is an award-winning author who teaches courses on children’s literature, childhood, and popular culture at SFU. She is the author of The Drinking Curriculum: A Cultural History of Childhood and Alcohol (2024), Graphic Girlhoods: Visualizing Education and Violence (2018) and co-author with Leigh Gilmore of Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing (2019).

Beth enjoys sipping champagne and martinis.

Ebony Magnus (she/her) is the Associate Dean, Academic Engagement at SFU Library. Her portfolio encompasses teaching and learning, access and accessibility, and community engagement. 

Ebony's favourite spirit is gin, followed closely by tequila.