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"The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story through Food" NEW DATE

Event Details

February 13, 2019
5:00 pm

Commonwealth Honors College

Room: Events Hall

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Natalie Georges

This talk was rescheduled from Tuesday, February 12.

Commonwealth Honors College Annual Black History Month Celebration

The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story through Food

For African American culinary historian Michael W. Twitty there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking as big as the one in the story of most African American families. Putting the microscope on himself, Michael decided to fully trace out his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and a front ring seat in the debate over race and food in American life.

Talk followed by a reception featuring Michael Twitty's recipes prepared by nationally renowned UMass Dining Services

A Commonwealth Honors College Event in partnership with: UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass Amherst Academic Departments of History, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Judaic & Near Eastern Studies, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies. UMass Amherst Student Success/Residential Academic Programs, Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, Dining Services, Hillel, Residential Life, The Stonewall Center, Student Affairs and Campus Life, and Historic Deerfield.