University of Delaware

Let's Eat!

Fall lecture series focuses on material culture of food


3:48 p.m., Aug. 26, 2013--The University of Delaware's Center for Material Culture will offer a series of talks, "Let's Eat! The Material Culture of Food," this fall.

The 50-minute talks make up a one-credit class, but they also are free and open to members of the public, who may attend one or more lectures. Talks will be held on Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 28, from 1:25-2:15 p.m. in Room 112 of Memorial Hall.

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"Let's Eat!" is the sixth in a series of talks each fall sponsored by the Center for Material Culture Studies and designed primarily to engage undergraduate students in thinking about material culture — the relationship between people and their things. Previous series have focused on such topics as shopping, fashion and sports.

Why choose food for this year's theme? "As many folks have observed, we are what we eat," said Deborah C. Andrews, director of the material culture center, calling food "a hot topic these days." 

All the scheduled speakers are enthusiastic experts in a wide range of food-related topics, she said, adding, "I’m really looking forward to what we’ll learn and to savoring each talk."

Following is the lecture series schedule.

Aug. 28: Sandy Isenstadt, associate professor of art history, "Visions of Plenty: The American Refrigerator in the 1950s."

Sept. 4: Jaime Margalotti, senior assistant librarian, UD Library Special Collections, "Cookery, Curatives and Community: The Cookbook Collection in the UD Library."

Sept. 11: Tom Pauly, professor emeritus of English, "American Food and Wine Since 1960."

Sept. 18: David Ames, director of the Center for Historic Architecture and Design, "Fast Food Architecture."

Sept. 25: Bill Deering, assistant professor of art, "Visualizing Desire: A Food Photographer's Romp."

Oct. 2: Deborah Krohn, associate professor, Bard Graduate Center, "Pots and Pans in Renaissance Rome."

Oct. 9: Jennifer Lindner McGlinn, UD alumna, cook, blogger and author, "Living Deliciously as Brought to You on Screen and Page."

Oct. 16: Lauren Brincat and Philippe Halbert, Winterthur Fellows, "Records and Recipes: Food and Drink in Early America."

Oct. 23: Fred DeMicco, ARAMARK Chair of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, "Beds, Burgers, Booze and Cruise."

Oct. 30: David Leicht, regional culinary director, ARAMARK Higher Education, "A Chef's Perspective on Great Food for Great Numbers."

Nov. 6: Perry Chapman, professor of art history, "400-Year-Old Cheese: Food in 17th Century Dutch Painting."

Nov. 13: Anne Krulikowski, supplemental faculty, Department of History, "You Are Cordially Invited: Eating and Entertaining at Rockwood."

Nov. 20: Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women and Gender Studies, "Mr. Peanut, Dandy."

Nov. 27: no class

Dec. 4: to be announced

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