A ‘Mess of Greens’ Kicks Off ‘Food for Thought’ Speaker Series

Hosted by Center for Public History, El Paso Corporation Lecture Series

The topic of food comes off the table and into the classroom in a new speaker series sponsored by the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series and the University of Houston Center for Public History.

“Food for Thought” promotes the scholarly study of food and highlights research on the many ways food shapes business, economies, nutrition and health, the environment and social relations.  Food studies is an emerging area of research and aims to examine food in the context of various academic perspectives. 

The inaugural lecture features Elizabeth Engelhardt, associate professor of American studies at The University of Texas at Austin.  She’ll discuss “The Mess of Greens:  What Food Studies Cannot Know and What We Might Do Anyway.”  The event is planned from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Honors College Commons, 2nd floor of the M.D. Anderson library.  It is free and open to the public. 

“Our aim is to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue and interdisciplinary collaboration through the examination of the food that sustains the cultural, economic and physical lives of our diverse communities,” said Monica Perales, UH associate professor of history and co-director of the speaker series.

For more information, please contact Todd Romero, tromero2@uh.edu or Monica Perales, mperale2@central.uh.edu.

WHAT: “Food for Thought” Speaker Series

WHEN: 3 – 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10

WHERE:  Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library, 2nd floor