Much more than basic nutrition, the food we eat (or don’t eat) represents our values, our fears, our memories, and our biases in ways that are not always obvious. Explore this fascinating subject in this free, four-session seminar led by Nicholas Foreman from the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion.
Through readings, discussion, and an optional experiential learning project, this micro course will explore the influence of food in determining not just the course of history but how we see ourselves and the world around us in the present. Foodies and history buffs alike will enjoy gaining a deeper perspective on the social and political power of food, while connecting with other OSU alumni and friends.
Nicholas serves as an instructor in Food History and Native American History at Oregon State. His fields of study are American and Latin American History, with an emphasis on Food and Culture. His areas of interest include the social and political power of food over processes like identity formation and economic development. Nicholas has published in Smithsonian and provided sound design work for Gravy, a podcast about food history produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi.