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The Kitchen as the New Venue of Foreign Policy: Can Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict? Event 2

Johanna Mendelson Forman, Scholar-in-Residence and the Conflict Cuisine Team

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Does food drive conflict or build peace? Has food become our new common ground in a dynamic and conflictive world? Are culinary diplomacy and gastrodiplomacy just another form of soft power? The Conflict Cuisine® conference will explore how the foods of diaspora have become a means of resilience, how countries use food as a tool of nation-branding, and a way to promote integration of new cultural identities. It will feature experts on culinary history, diplomacy, and food practitioners who will consider how food has become a lens through which we can better understand global events and national interests.

We hope you can join us on April 21st, 2015 for an exciting day filled with creative ideas, good discussion and a sampling of conflict cuisines. 


The Kitchen as the New Venue of Foreign Policy:

Can Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict?

April 21, 2015

Founder’s Room, School of International Service

 

10:00-10:15 AM         Welcome and Introductions – Anita McBride, Executive-in- Residence, Center for         Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of   Public Affairs

10:15-10:30 AM         Why Conflict Cuisine?  Why Now?  Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman, Scholar-in-Residence, School of International Service

10:30-11:45AM          Panel I –Culinary Diplomacy, Gastrodiplomacy, and Conflict                                            Cuisine: Defining the Field

  • Tara Sonenshine, Professor, George Washington, University, and former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy.
  • Paul Rockower, Levantine Communications,
  • Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation
  • Sam Chapple-Sokol,  @culinarydiplo Blogger

Moderator:  Gary Weaver, Professor, School of International Service, American University

11: 45 AM-1:00 PM  Panel 2 - Does food build peace or drive conflict?

  • Yael Luttwak, President and CEO of Slimpeace, and filmmaker
  • Christine Fair, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, author of Cooking in the Axis of Evil
  • Manolia Charlotin,  Director, Feet in Two Worlds Program, The New School, New York, NY
  • Roger Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Moderator:  Professor Louis Goodman, Dean Emeritus, School of International Service

1:00-1:15 PM Break for Luncheon Buffet

1:15-2:15 PM Tasting Conflict Cuisines – Food stations from Diaspora Chefs in the Nation’s Capital and A conversation with the Chefs

  • BenjaminVelasquez and Mariano Ramos, Sonia Gutierrez Center, Carlos Rosario Charter School, Washington, D.C.
  • Chef Carlos Cesario
  • Sileshi Alifom, owner, DAS Ethiopian

Moderator: Washington Post Staff Food Writer Tim Carman       

2:15-3:30 PM    Panel 3 Culinary Diplomats and Nation Branding

  • First Secretary Adriana Velarde, Head of Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Peru,Washington, D.C.
  • Ambassador David Killion, Former U.S. Representative to UNESCO
  • Patricia Jinich –Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC and host of Pati’s Mexican Table, PBS, and cookbook author
  • Brian McNair, Executive Director, World Central Kitchen, Chef Jose Andres’ international food NGO

Moderator:  Ambassador Anthony Quainton, Diplomat in Residence, American University 

3:30 -4:00 PM            A Closing Conversation: Is the Kitchen a Venue of Foreign Policy?

  • Nikki Silva, co-host, The Kitchen Sisters, producers of NPR’s duPont Award winning series Hidden Kitchens
  • Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman, Scholar-in-Residence, School of International Service

Livestreaming available at:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/au-sis-special-event-channel
Have questions about The Kitchen as the New Venue of Foreign Policy: Can Food Build Peace or Drive Conflict? Event 2? Contact Johanna Mendelson Forman, Scholar-in-Residence and the Conflict Cuisine Team

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Abramson Family Founder's Room
American University School of International Service, Abramson Family Founder's Room


Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)


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