ITHACA, NY—An expert on food traditions and how they change over time will discuss the connections between food and social movements at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 3. Fred Opie will present “Culinary Commonalities” at 7 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.
Opie is the author of “Upsetting the Apple Cart,” a history of black-Latino coalitions in New York City from 1959 to 1989, a time during which members of those communities organized, mobilized and transformed neighborhoods, workplaces, university campuses and representative government in the nation’s urban capital. His book equally delves into the role that food plays in social movements, with representative recipes from the American South and the Caribbean included throughout.
A professor of history and foodways at Babson College, Opie is the editor of the blog Food as a Lens and a contributor to public radio show The Splendid Table. His other books include “Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food” and “Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America.”
Opie’s talk is part of the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Discussion Series. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/cscre.