Sunday, May 18, 2008

Historical Society Discussion Group: Food and Immigration

While gathering information about the Indiana Historical Society's free film series (see previous post), I ran across another interesting learning opportunity. The organization is accepting registrations for an upcoming book discussion group called "Our Food: Immigrant, Ethnic and American." Here is the course description, from the group's events listing:

"Examine the story of food in America, looking at how Americans and immigrants have changed their cooking and eating habits over time – often in response to each other and to the local ingredients available. Discover where our foodways came from and how they have evolved and intermingled with those of other cultures."

Sounds like fun! The reading materials include Donna Gabaccia’s "We Are What We Eat: Ethnic Food and the Making of Americans," and the course description promises food tastings.

The discussion group takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on four Tuesdays in August. Cost is $10 plus the cost of the reading materials; you must be a member of the Historical Society to register, but you can purchase your membership ($40 for an individual) when you enroll in the class. Registration deadline is July 22.

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