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International Food Symposium

Friday, March 29th 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Event Description

Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University are collaborating to host an International Food Symposium, “Thought for Food in the Luso-Hispanic Transatlantic.”  This celebration of the history and diversity of food in the Hispanic transatlantic world will be held on at Illinois Wesleyan on Thursday, March 28 and at Illinois State on Friday, March 29.  The symposium will include panel discussions, a library exhibit, food and international speakers.

8:30-10:00am | Panel 2: From Colonialism to Independence

Rebecca Ingram, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of San Diego — “Iberian Food Cultural Studies: Josep Rondissoni and Culinary Celebrity in Modernizing Barcelona”

Lara Anderson, Convenor, Spanish and Latin American Studies, The University of Melbourne — “Food & Francoism: The Production of a Unified Gastronomic Space”

Rebekah Pite, Associate Professor of History, Lafayette College — “Promoting ‘their’ Local Drink:  The Journey from k’aa to ‘Jesuit tea’ to Paraguayan ilex paraguariensis, Brazilian erva mate, and Argentine yerba mate”

10:00-10:30am | Coffee Break for all

10:30-12:00pm | Panel 3: Edibles, Local and Global

Lúcio Menezes Ferreira, Professor of Archaeology, Universidade Federal de Pelotas — “We Eat Beef Jerky, Too”: An Archaeology of Food’s African Cosmologies at the Beef Jerky Plantations”

Edward Fischer, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Coffee Studies, Vanderbilt University — “Value Worlds of Coffee/Coffee’s Imbroglios”

Carla Martin, Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) and Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University and José López Ganem, Project Manager of the FCCI — “The Role of Chocolate in Fine Dining Pastry Kitchens”

12:00-1:30pm | Lunch for participants

1:30-2:30pm | Panel 4: Sustainable Practices for the Future

Emmy Grace, Independent scholar — “Free Trade in Central and North America: Agrarian Crises and Outward Migration”

William Munro, Betty Ritchie-Birrer ’47 and Ivan Birrer Endowed Professor of Political Science, Illinois Wesleyan University — “Marketing Sustainability: Consumer Scrutiny and Corporate Environmental Responsibility in an Age of Global Agri-food Systems”

2:30-2:45pm | Coffee Break for all

2:45-3:30pm | Concluding remarks Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, honorary curator of the culinary collection at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College

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If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Vrooman Center
Kong Room


Katie Sampeck
Carolyn Nadeau