I recently had the opportunity to travel to Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio for the annual Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference.  This year's theme was "Victorian Tastes," and presentations addressed topics such as tea drinking, adulterated food, women composers, transatlantic aesthetic influences, and the scent of poetry.  Participants were also treated to performances by the talented Oberlin Conservatory music students.  It was an excellent opportunity to connect with trends in the discipline and reconnect with some old friends!