You Don’t Have to Give Up the Corn Pudding!: Black Women, Food, and the Quandary of Self-Identity

Who:           Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson

When:         Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Where:       Shoemaker  0114

Event Type(s) : Diversity


Creating healthy bodies requires a redefinition of the food stories that define our cultures.  If we accept that this is true, then humanities scholars can intervene in questions of nutrition and food policy by discouraging people from demonizing and degrading the foods that help to create and sustain our communities.  Rather than urging people people to change what they eat, a more effective approach may be to help communities incorporate more healthful preparation techniques and ingredients into foods already rich in cultural meaning.  This interactive discussion is designed to weigh issues like abandoning culturally specific foods like corn pudding in favor of the “naturally fresh” salad.  It encourages us to consider an “and”/”or” versus a paper vs. plastic mentality.  All perspectives are welcome!


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