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Sara Boettiger Joins our Board
An economist and social impact advisor concerned with improving the lives of the poor, Sara Boettiger—great  granddaughter of Franklin and Eleanor—is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey, as well as the co-founder of a number of non-profits that apply technology to meet the challenges of global poverty. She has also served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils and is the former Deputy Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sara has taught at UC Berkeley, where she received her Ph.D., and been a faculty fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. 
WPA Stamps Coming in 2017 
Among the crop of new stamps on offer from the United States Postal Service in 2017 is a series replicating (in the words of the USPS) the “striking and utilitarian artworks created by the Post Division of the WPA Federal Theater Project.” Drawn from the Library of Congress’ WPA Poster Collection, these images recall a lost era when labor, recreation, and conservation were valued as civic virtues and patriotic imperatives, and advertised in bold, brilliant colors and figures. So why not celebrate this unprecedented effort by the federal government by supporting the post office?

Wrapping Up, Looking Ahead
Last month, Bay Area-based members of The Living New Deal (plus West Virginia-based Research Associate Brent McKee) met at Gray Brechin's house to recap our work this past year and to look ahead to 2017. 2016 saw our crowdsourced mapping efforts expand in number and include an increased attention to state-based mapping, as well as a growing attention to preserving and circulating the New Deal's legacy through a Films page, an Oral Histories page, our participation in the National Park Service's centennial conference in Santa Fe, and more. Looking ahead to 2017, we will continue working towards the goal of creating a comprehensive New Deal resource to inspire thousands of new New Dealers. And be on the lookout for a pocket map of, and guide to, New Deal New York City.
Book of the Month: A Square Meal
Andrew Coe and Jane Zeligman's A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, has generated lots of buzz since being released in August. In anticipation of Thanksgiving (a holiday given its modern date under FDR), we're featuring it as our book of the month. Charting the federal programs designed to feed malnourished Americans, the professionalization of (largely female) food science experts, the rise of large food packaging conglomerates, and more, A Square Meal turns the mundane-but-all-important act of eating into a lens through which we can discern tensions between the local and the national, as well as changing social norms. Overall, it's a cultural history of what happens when an America myth (in this case, abundance) is exposed as just that.
* Recorded in 1932 by Don Redman and His Orchestra, with the assistance of Bill Robinson, "Doin' the New Low Down" was a hit record in the year before Franklin Roosevelt's administration undertook the New Deal.
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