Eating in the Central Valley: How Food Shapes Culture

Description: The Central Valley is often referred as the bread basket of the world.  Our discussion will center on the relationship between food processes and community identities.  Key Questions: What is the process of getting food from farm to table in the Central Valley and how does that process inform our community identity? How does the competition between commercial farming and small farms shape our food rhetoric and symbolism?

Events

LECTURE: October 14, 2015 from 3-5pm at Modesto Junior College, Performing and Media Arts Center (PAC), East Campus, Room 243

Lecture with Mario Sifuentez, Assistant Professor of History, UC Merced. His research includes immigration, farm worker history, labor history, and food studies.

SEMINARNovember 4, 2015 from 3-5pm Modesto Junior College, Performing and Media Arts Center (PAC), East Campus, Room 243

Seminar discussion of required and recommended readings including David R. Montgomery’s Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; Joyce Goldstein’s Inside the California Food Revolution; William Emery’s Edges of Bounty; David Mas Masumoto’s Letters to the Valley andEpitaph for a Peach; Amy B. Trubek’s The Taste of Place; and the article “Healthy People 2010: Profile of Health Status in the San Joaquin Valley.”

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