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The Fletcher Food Symposium seeks to provide a forum to deepen the Fletcher approach to food studies, contextualized through a conversation on culinary diplomacy and tailored to Fletcher disciplines and specializations: food boundaries and identity shaped by security, human security, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. This year’s symposium aims to enhance the discussion on food’s connection to conflict, peacebuilding, and cultural identity. Our panels will discuss why and how food can: i) be drivers in situations of conflict as well as be central to survival and community resilience within zones of conflict; ii) catalyze peace and build community across borders in the ever-globalizing world; and iii) promote cultural identity through refugee, migrant, and diaspora communities.


Thursday, 19 April (Cabot 703)

6:30pm-8:00pm

Documentary Screening: “Haven’t We Shared Much Salt and Bread Together” and Q&A with Film Producers, Ihsan Karayazi and Armine Avetisyan

Highlights a culinary diplomacy program of women from the Armenian town of Gyumri and the Turkish province of Kars who took turns hosting each other in their respective countries and sharing recipes.


Friday, 20 April (ASEAN Auditorium)

1:00-1:10PM

Welcome and Introduction


1:10pm-1:50pm

Panel 1: The Art of Culinary Diplomacy (The Fletcher Approach)

Sam Chapple-Sokol (F12), Culinary Diplomacy Expert (Twitter @culinarydiplo)


2:00pm-3:00pm

Panel 2: Politics of Hunger – Starvation and Famine in Syria

Emma Beals, Investigative Journalist

José Ciro Martinez, Junior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge


3:15pm-4:00pm

Panel 3: Neither Bread Nor Freedom – What Drives Revolts?

Ellen Messer, Affiliated Faculty, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

Robert Paarlberg, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


4:15pm-5:00pm

Panel 4: Food, Peacebuilding, and Integration

Ihsan Karayazi, Culinary Diplomacy in Turkey & Armenia

Armine Avetisyan, Culinary Diplomacy in Turkey & Armenia

Gonca Sönmez-Poole (F99), Documentarian/Founder of TAWA (Turkish-Armenian Women's Alliance)

Anna Ackerman (F17), Co-founder of World to Table

TBC – Lima, Peru


5:15pm-6:45pm

Panel 5: Food, Cities, and Cultural Identity

Lynne Anderson, Director, English Language Learning, Boston College

John Carafoli, Author, Food Writer and International Food Stylist

Raad Al-Mumayiz, Former food culture in Baghdad and Mosul and its preservation through the diaspora

Suhair Al-Mosully, Former food culture in Baghdad and Mosul and its preservation through the diaspora

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Food Writer and Mediterranean Cuisine Expert

Nawal Nasrallah, Historical Iraqi food culture



6:45pm-8:00pm

Evening Reception in the Fares Center

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