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Conversation Kitchen

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Campus Recreation, Conversation Kitchen is a unique series of culinary workshops designed to explore the significant influence that food has in defining and shaping culture across the world. Each free workshop will focus on an area of the world undergoing conflict and transformation today. What is the role of food in mediating conflict, communicating values, solving problems, reflecting locale, and expressing our common humanity? Chef Jessica VanRoo, Campus Recreation culinary education director, will present a three-course menu with dishes from the region. Hosts representing the countries in question will be present during the workshop to discuss their food traditions and experiences. Participants will gain an understanding of different cultures by sharing a meal among friends.

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Food and Faith

Ramadan and other religious celebrations honored through feast and fast.  Explore the influences religion has had on traditions of feasting and fasting practiced throughout the world.  We will explore Ramadan, Passover, and other religious holidays and the food and traditions associated with them.  

Sponsored by the Program in Religious Studies