American Studies

Professor Elizabeth Engelhardt Appearing on Game Changers

Tue, June 12, 2012

Professor Elizabeth Engelhardt will host Game Changers on the Longhorn Network, July 16 at 8 pm. 

A southern meal of fried chicken or barbecue, homegrown tomatoes, a mess of greens, and peaches. Should they be subjects of academic research? Does southern food matter? We live in an era of great interest in food—with high stakes questions of who has enough food, what food contributes to our society’s and our planet’s health, and how food makes reputations of people or places. Simultaneously, a cultural fascination with the US South has continued for at least two hundred years. Civil rights, identity, definitions of home and away are debated in portraits of southern culture. When we bring the two together and apply academic lens to southern food, we access complex gender, racial, and class politics of the past as well as our present. Our discussion reveals the southern food matters in a meal, a can of tomatoes, a pot of greens, and a pitmaster’s story.

Game Changers brings The University of Texas at Austin's intellectual talent beyond the classroom with a live 60-minute show that will also be broadcast on the Longhorn Network. Showcasing the most dynamic and inspirational faculty with fresh perspectives about contemporary and relevant topics, Game Changers is an opportunity for students, alumni and the community to benefit from lifelong learning offered by The University of Texas at Austin.

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