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Foodways Lectures, Workshops, & Symposia

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 help us reclaim a sense of identity and kinship—especially when languages or cultural traditions have been prohibited and erased.

The initiative includes the Food Dialogues, Foodways Workshops and an annual spring symposium.

Nahua Recipes Rediscovered: Native Mexican Culinary Celebration

November 18, 2022; 2:30 p.m., Edible Academy

Chef Irwin Sánchez will be giving a culinary demonstration and discussing the close connection between age-old Mexican culinary traditions and the Nahuatl language. The workshop will focus on the importance of Indigenous food and languages as a means of resistance and cultural reclamation.

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Private Screening: Rhythms of the Land with Gail Myers and Jessica B. Harris

November 12; 11 a.m.Ross Hall

Rhythms of the Land is a valentine to generations of Black farmers in the United States from the enslavement period to the present, whose intense love of the land and dedication to community enabled them to survive against overwhelming odds. Following the screening, filmmaker Gail Myers joins Jessica B. Harris for a fireside Q&A.

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Fire Cider Workshop

October 22; 12–3 p.m.
Taqwa Community Farm; 90 W 164th St., Bronx, NY 10452

Fire cider—an herbal tonic—is a traditional remedy that stimulates digestion and supports respiratory wellness. We will be using accessible household ingredients to make this warming remedy.


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Generous support provided by Mellon Foundation