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Conversations in the Neighborhood: Let’s Talk about Food

Food allows people to create social ties. The theme of Conversations in the Neighborhood’s first series focuses on food, which under normal circumstances brings us together in families, among friends, and in larger communities. The series addresses questions raised by food consumption and production at a moment in which a global pandemic challenges our physical and social connections. By gathering artists, community members, local farmers, government officials, and humanities scholars, we ask: How do we consume food in Gainesville? How do we tell our families’ stories about food? How does migration impact the ways we eat in Gainesville? And how do we think about the work that goes into producing food in Gainesville?

Food sustains our bodies, but it also reflects our cultural upbringing and economic position, reveals who we are, and links us to certain people and places in Gainesville. Through consuming food, we become part of a global web through which food and recipes travel – literally and through stories we tell – to reach our tables. Conversations in the Neighborhood invites you to explore these links between the individual, local, regional, and global.

Conversations in the Neighborhood invites community members to gather monthly on Zoom to share meals of comfort and taste new flavors. It provides an opportunity for participants to connect with each other while sharing knowledge about food and cooking across generations. These discussions are open to everyone to engage with new or familiar food in a space where food is revealed to drive social development.

All events will be held virtually. They are free and open to the public.

For questions, please contact Alexandra Cenatus as acenatus@ufl.edu

Sponsored by:

Conversations in the Neighborhood: Let’s Talk About Food is funded by a Community Project Grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the Office of Equity and Inclusion in the City of Gainesville, the University of Florida (UF) Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), UF Chief Diversity Officer, UF Center for Gender, Sexualities & Women’s Studies Research, UF Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, UF Center for Latin American Studies, UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, UF Center for African Studies, UF African American Studies program, UF Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UF Center for European Studies, UF International Center, UF Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship, and UF Office of Sustainability.

All events will be held virtually. They are free and open to the public.

For questions, please contact Alexandra Cenatus as acenatus@ufl.edu

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.