Two not-to-be-missed Pinellas lectures for food, journalism nerds

Women journos who made a difference, plus the third talk in USFSP's Food for Thought series.

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Two not-to-be-missed Pinellas lectures for food, journalism nerds

The "Golden Era" for women's newspaper pages (the 1950s and '60s), and the woman journalists who made a difference in Florida but are regularly forgotten, are the focus of a talk at the Gulfport History Museum next week.

At 7 p.m. Jan. 22, Kim Voss, author of The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community, will discuss why historians should remember those women who worked within a nonthreatening space that maintained the status quo. She'll also explore their influence on the Equal Rights Amendment and the work of Lori Wilson, a Florida senator.

Attendees may arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. for drinks and light appetizers with the Gulfport Historical Society.

Another upcoming lecture, at 7 p.m. Jan. 25, plans to spotlight award-winning author and journalist Barry Estabrook, who will present a free program in downtown St. Pete. His newest book, Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat, came out last year.

Hosted at USF St. Petersburg's University Student Center, the event will feature a Q&A and book signing with the author. Pig Tales and Tomatoland, which Estabrook and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers discussed at the University of Tampa in 2014, will also be on sale. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to secure their seats.

The program is part of USFSP's yearlong Food for Thought Lecture Series, whose final event — a screening and director talk-back of The Search for General Tso — is scheduled for March 21.

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