Tuesday, December 12, 2017 / 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern | Free
Though the need to eat is certainly a constant, ideas about food and how we cook, eat, and share it are constantly shifting. The culture of food both reflects and help to shape our society. For the past 20 years, interest in food — from the Food Network to an exploding restaurant culture to an increase in appreciation for home cooking — has been on the ascent. This has been buoyed by a multi-faceted “food movement” that contains everyone from farmers to chefs concerned eaters to health and food justice activists.
Though there are synergies and momentum toward progressive change building within this movement, there are also complex dynamics related to race, class, gender, and social inequality. Sociologist Dr. Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table. In this webinar we will dig into how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture.
Alice Julier is the Director of the Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) and the Director and Associate Professor of Food Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she launched the Master of Arts in Food Studies in 2010. She brings a breadth and depth of knowledge about food systems and culture ranging from sustainable agriculture to race and ethnicity to the obesity crisis. Alice holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been teaching and writing about inequality, culture, food, and everyday life for twenty years. She is the author of Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality and is the new co-editor of the fourth edition of Food and Culture: A Reader. Her prior research includes feminist women's health organizations; gender, race, and leadership in the US Civil Rights Movement; and critical social theory.