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Foodways Initiative

NYBG’s Humanities Institute recently launched the Foodways Initiative, an important project that explores and celebrates the relationship of food to culture and identity.

Foodways—the cultural, historical, and social traditions that surround food—provide context for what we eat, how it gets to us, who prepares it, and who is at the table.

As foodways are central to understanding the experience of immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and descendants of the African Diaspora, food can lead us to stories of survival and help reclaim a sense of identity and kinship—especially when languages or cultural traditions have been prohibited and erased.

The initiative has four main components—all of which will be recorded and archived below. Check back regularly for news and updates.

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Foodways Symposium

Ultimately, in spring 2022, the Humanities Institute will bring together everyone who has participated in the Food Dialogues, Workshops, and Oral Histories Program for a day-long Foodways Symposium and Oral Histories to share and celebrate their collected food stories in person—stories that will be available as a community resource in the online archive.

Generous support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation