Culinary Justice: Defining a Theory of Gastronomic Sovereignty
Food Writer & Culinary Historian
Michael Twitty, a recognized culinary historian and independent scholar, focuses on historic African American food and folk culture and culinary traditions. He has given lectures and cooking demonstrations for groups including the Smithsonian Institution, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Library of Congress, and has been profiled by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and NPR, among many others and has been named a world-changer TED Fellow for 2016. As a living history interpreter and historic chef, he is one of the few recognized international experts of his craft-the re-construction of early Southern cuisine as prepared by enslaved African American cooks for tables high and low.
Join Michael for a lively discussion to explore the way the preparation of food unites and divides our narratives and how we can use it for the good. In this presentation he will share his notion of culinary justice – the idea that historically oppressed peoples have a right to authority, sovereignty, prosperity and acknowledgement of their contribution to national and global foodways.