Boston University To Host Conference On The Social Spaces Of Food And Agriculture

in Metropolitan College, News Releases, University Affairs
June 5th, 2006

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 |

(Boston) — Over the course of the five-day (June 7-11, 2006) joint conference of The Association for the Study of Food and Society and The Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society, Boston University will be the hub of culinary activity.

Hosted by the Department of Gastronomy in Boston University’s Metropolitan College, this conference titled “Place, Taste, and Sustenance: The Social Spaces of Food and Agriculture” will feature a series of special events, along with numerous academic presentations by preeminent scholars. The events will include showings of renowned documentary films on the role of food in various cultures, a discussion and reading from the new book My Life in France led by Alex Prud’homme, co-author of the book and nephew of Julia Child, as well as a keynote address by “The Kitchen Sisters,” hosts of National Public Radio’s award-winning Hidden Kitchen Series.

The events will take place in Boston University’s George Sherman Student Union Conference Auditorium at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, and members of the public are invited to attend, or to register for the full conference. Please see below for further information on the featured events:

Wednesday, June 7 – 8:00 pm
A Trio of Joe York Documentaries
Come see three short documentaries that capture the Southern culture of food, by talented filmmaker, Joe York. The first, The Whole Hog, examines barbecue culture in west-central Tennessee, while Marsaw documents Martin Sawyer, an octogenarian bartender who has been serving cocktails to New Orleanians for six decades. Finally, we will watch Welcome Table, which follows Martha Hawkins of Montgomery Alabama, whose restaurant reflects the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement. These films are sure to delight and inspire.
Included with conference registration; general public admission: $5

Thursday, June 8 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme
Alex Prud’homme discusses his experiences writing My Life in France with his great aunt, Julia Child, before her death in 2004. He also will be reading excerpts from this captivating, magical account of the years Julia spent in France with her husband, Paul, and the trials and tribulations she experienced on the journey to discover her true calling: cooking. Alex, a freelance writer, shares his own tales of writing this special memoir with America’s beloved French Chef. Books will be available for purchase. A book signing follows the lecture.
Included with conference registration; general public admission: $5

Thursday, June 8 – 8:00 pm
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
This award-winning film tells the story of John Peterson, a third-generation farmer whose life has been a series of successes and failures against a back-drop of American history — the tumultuous 60s, the aftermath of the 70s, the farm crisis of the 80s — to his creation of a biodynamic, organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that provides fresh produce to 1500 families in greater Chicago.
Included with conference registration; general public admission: $5

Saturday, June 10 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Keynote Address:
Hidden Kitchens: Secret, Underground, Unexpected, Below-the-Radar, Community Cooking Across America, or What is it About Men and Meat and Midnight and a Pit?
Presented by The Kitchen Sisters
Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, a.k.a. “The Kitchen Sisters,” are journalists and producers of the award-winning NPR radio series Hidden Kitchens, an ongoing series that explores and chronicles the world of street-corner cooking, kitchen rituals and eating traditions across America, including makeshift kitchens in NASCAR pits, a secret civil-rights kitchen hidden in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Chili Queens of San Antonio, not to mention more uses of the George Foreman Grill than one could imagine. Don’t miss this chance to hear some of their most memorable stories of cooking and eating in America. Included with conference registration; general public admission: $5.

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