Institute for the Arts and Humanities Presents: Food and the Humanities


August 18, 2015 | Angie Barker

Food-and-Humanities

Join us for mealtime conversations with UNC Humanities faculty on topics related to the new pan-university research theme: “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives.”  All events will be held in the University Room of Hyde Hall–free of charge–and open to faculty, staff, and students.  Advance registration is required for some events.  See details below.

Carolina Tasting Salon – Thursday, September 17, 2015, 4:00-6:00 pm
A lively conversation with five UNC faculty about their current work in food studies, complemented by our region’s best seasonal food and drink: charcuterie, cheeses, local pickles and relish, Italian-style fruit sodas. Featured: Inger Brodey (English and Comparative Literature), Elizabeth Engelhardt (American Studies), Marcie Cohen Ferris (American Studies), Bernie Herman (American Studies), Sharon Holland (American Studies).  Learn more >>

Japanese Tea Gathering – Friday, November 20, 2015, 12:00-2:45 pm BOOKED
Join Morgan Pitelka (Asian Studies) and members of the Japanese Tea Practitioners of Durham for a conversation about tea rituals in Japan and the American South.  In the following Japanese Tea Gathering, partake in a simple tenshin meal consisting of rice and a simple array of foods representing five flavors–bitter, sweet, fresh, sour, and salty.  Conclude with a bowl of freshly whisked frothy matcha for a retreat from the late summer bustle. Space very limited; advance registration required.  Register >>

African Foodways in the American South – Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm WAITLIST
The resilience of enslaved Africans who survived the Middle Passage is reflected in the survival of powerful food cultures that continue to shape and influence the American table, especially in the South.  Engage in conversation over African cuisines that have come to define many tastes of the South–Hoppin’ John, okra, stewed meat–as we explore connections between love of food and respect for African Heritage.  Featured: Emily Burrill (Gender and Women’s Studies), Lisa Lindsay (History). Advance registration required.  Register >>

Setting the Table for a Discussion of Food and Labor – Friday, March 7, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 pm (changed from March 25, a university holiday)
What are the key issues surrounding work and labor in the food system?  This round table connects food to questions of work, labor, and organization, developing multiple perspectives from an interdisciplinary group of faculty.  Join panel participants for a lunchtime conversation designed to bring the topic of food justice “home,” including a focus on the status of food politics at UNC.  Lunch will be provided by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe.  Featured: Altha Cravey (Geography), Sarah Dempsey (Communication), Arne Kalleberg (Sociology), Steve May (Communication), Della Pollock (Communication). Space is limited. Advance registration is requested.  Learn more >>


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