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Smithsonian Food History Weekend Roundtables

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2018 ROUNDTABLES GENERAL INFORMATION

Part of the fourth annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend, the Roundtables will convene historians, writers, food entrepreneurs, activists, and practitioners to discuss regional foodways in America. Join us as we explore strong, traditional foodways alongside emerging aspects of new regional cuisines. All sessions are free with recommended registration.

Why should you register? Seating capacity at the Roundtables is limited and will be filled on a first come, first seated basis first for registered attendees.

2018 ROUNDTABLES SCHEDULE

Panel 1: The Power of Place

Why do regions matter?

Through this wide-ranging discussion, we’ll explore the evolving concept of region and how our understanding of regions has shaped everything from our sense of self and community to the development of economic activity and agricultural landscapes.

Featuring:

  • Bill Cronon, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ronni Lundy, Author
  • Sean Sherman, Chef
  • Moderator: Corby Kummer, Writer and Editor; Senior Lecturer, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition

Panel 2: Selling Regions

When does region become industry?

In this focused discussion, we will explore how communities, food entrepreneurs, and tourism-related industries sell the concept of a region to consumers, patrons, and visitors. Driving questions include: How do economic and political power influence regional identities? Why is food such a compelling medium through which to brand a place, its people, and its way of life? What are the consequences of branding a region and how does it impact regional food cultures?

Featuring:

  • Jessica Harris, Culinary Historian, Lecturer, Consultant, and Author
  • Amy Trubek, Professor, University of Vermont
  • Jennifer Dueck, Stephen A Jarislowsky Chair in the Modern History of the Middle East and North Africa, University of Manitoba
  • Lucy Long, Director, Center for Food and Culture
  • Moderator: Ashley Rose Young, Historian, American Food History Project, National Museum of American History

Panel 3: Reclaiming the Pacific Northwest

What does it mean to reclaim a region?

Through our first of two case studies, we will dive deep into the history and culture of food in the Pacific Northwest in order to understand the importance of region in the U.S. Driving questions include: How have abundant natural resources and diverse cultural communities shaped the Pacific Northwest’s food history? How have people protected, claimed, exploited, and reclaimed the region’s food traditions? What are the local and global issues and ideas that have motivated people across the region to chart a different course for the future of food?

Featuring:

  • Eduardo Jordan, Chef
  • Gayle Goshie, Owner, Goschie Farms
  • Elizabeth Woody, Creative Thinker and Maker
  • Moderator: Rebekah Denn, Journalist

Panel 4: Remixing the South

What is the South?

In our second case study of the day, we will examine the South from new perspectives to understand the power of place in America. Driving questions include: What makes food “Southern” and who gets to decide? How are scholars and activists using historic food and agricultural practices to highlight overlooked or misunderstood histories of women, people of color, and other marginalized groups? How are chefs and home cooks rethinking what it means to eat Southern food today? How is our understanding of this regional evolving to include diverse communities, cooking techniques, and culinary traditions?

Featuring:

  • Sandra Gutierrez, Cookbook Author
  • Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian and Food Writer
  • Matthew Raiford, CheFarmer
  • Sam Vong, Curator, National Museum of American History
  • Moderator: Joe Yonan, Food and Dining Editor for The Washington Post


Please note that separate registration is required for the networking happy hour taking place at 4pm. That is a 21+ event.

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