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Food, Communication, Culture, and Performance

Professor: D. Shoemaker


Term: Fall

Year: 2013

Course Code: FY-101-CO04

The purpose of this seminar is to explore topics of particular interest to first-year university students. We will explore how we use food to communicate personal and cultural identities, build relationships, and participate in local/global consumption and production patterns. We will also examine the intersections between food, ethics, and health across a variety of texts and practices: through stories, TV/film, documentaries, cookbooks; through everyday life interactions, and through performative demonstrations of preparing, sharing, and eating food.

Lab Fee: The Laboratory fee for this course will go towards either a field trip to a local farm/farmer's market, to a cooking class off campus, to see a movie related to our course topic, or to purchase food items for a special class potluck. In some cases, part of this fee may pay for transportation via bus or train to an off-campus location.