Southern Food and Race: A Conversation

Fri. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: The Wesley Foundation at UVA and the UVa Department of Drama


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Join Michael W. Twitty (The Cooking Gene) and UVa professors Gertrude Fraser and Lisa Shutt for a discussion on race, power, cultural appropriation, and cultural diffusion in the world of Southern food writing and culinary politics.

Why should you attend?

“Twitty ably joins past and present, puzzling out culinary mysteries along the way… An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Twitty has accomplished something remarkable with The Cooking Gene… It’s a book to save, reread, and share until everyone you know has a working understanding of the human stories and pain behind some of America’s most foundational and historically significant foods.”—Christian Science Monitor

“Written in Michael W. Twitty’s no-nonsense style and interlaced with moments of levity, The Cooking Gene is gritty, compelling, and enlightening—a mix of personal narrative and the history of race, politics, economics and enslavement that will broaden notions of African-American culinary identity.”—Toni Tipton-Martin, author of The Jemima Code

The Virginia Festival of the Book and the Wesley Foundation of UVA appreciate the support of the following organizations for Mr. Twitty’s participation in the Festival:
Black College Women at UVA
Black Student Alliance at UVA
LGBTQ Student Services at UVA
Minority Rights Coalition at UVA
Queer Student Union at UVA
St. Paul’s Memorial Church/Koinonia
The Brody Jewish Center – Hillel at UVA
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at UVA
The JUEL Project (Jefferson’s University—Early Life Project, 1819-1870)
Trinity Episcopal Church
UKirk Presbyterian Campus Ministry
University Arboretum and Landscape Committee
UVA Department of Religious Studies
UVA Department of American Studies
UVA Office of African-American Affairs Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center
UVA Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church