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Le Moyne Hosts Symposium on Food Studies

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a symposium on food studies on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 2 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Science Building. The symposium is titled “What’s Cooking? New Research and Exploration in Food Studies.”

Food Studies is increasingly popular because of its interdisciplinary nature and its relevance to society, the environment, culture and, most recently, media. This exciting symposium brings together cutting edge scholars who are exploring food from multiple contemporary perspectives.

The afternoon will include two sessions. The first session, which runs from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m., will cover Food and Society. The second session, from 4 – 5:15 p.m. , will explore Food, Film and Culture. The symposium is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Studies and the gender and women’s studies program. For more information, call (315) 445-4294.

The following is the complete schedule, along with panelist information:

2 p.m.
Farha Ternikar, associate professor, sociology, Le Moyne College
Michael Streissguth, interim dean, arts and sciences, Le Moyne College

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Panel 1: Food and Society

Krishnendu Ray, chair, department of nutrition, food studies and public health
New York University
“An Indian Ocean Cuisine”

Alice Julier, professor, sociology
Chattham University
“Food in the Neighborhood: Difference, Development and Culinary Memory”

Frances Pestello, professor, sociology
Le Moyne College
“Eat, Pray, Love: an Exploration of Food and Faith”

4 – 5:15 p.m.
Panel 2: Food, Film and Culture

Patricia E. Clark, associate professor, English and creative writing
State University of New York at Oswego
“Post-Soul and the Future of Black Cuisine”

Laura Lindenfeld Sher, associate professor, department of communication and journalism and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
University of Maine
“Feasting Our Eyes: Food Films, Cultural Citizenship and American Identity”

Megan Elias, associate professor
Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York
“Gender, Class and Community in American Cookbooks”


posted on: 8/27/2012