I was at the first annual FOODSTOCK at Wesleyan University last weekend where I presented my research on the future of kimchi in America and I also participated on a panel on “Food as an Academic Pursuit.”
I was in the company of distinguished food writers and scholars (Amy Bloom, Molly O’Neill, Doreen Greenspan, and Ruth Reichl to name a few!) and many Wesleyan students.
It was terrific being back on campus after all these years to find myself still the poster child for diversity!
I was so thrilled to hear that the students have taken up food seriously since I had left. I had taken a Cuisine and Cultures class with Professor John Finn my freshman year and more food related courses after but engaging with food didn’t go much beyond the classroom.
I met students that started up the farmers’ market on campus, lived in Full house (a food writing and food house), and established Espwesso (Wesleyan’s student run cafe).
I see a real change happening at Wesleyan. I think the need is building for the establishment for a Food Studies program on campus!
Want to hear more about the day?
Serious Eats’ coverage and slide show (I appear on slide #11!):
Barbara Fenig’s report on Huffington Post: