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Food is Work

For 2019 the Southern Foodways Alliance tells stories of the domestic and public labor that powers growing, cooking, and serving food. Join us in Oxford, and on the University of Mississippi campus, October 24-26, for our twenty-second fall symposium. In a way that welcomes all, SFA weaves together smart talks, great food, compelling art, and challenging conversations. Join us.

Guest speaker Gina Bradley is a writer and scholar of African American life and culture, including literature, music, race, and sound. She uses hip hop to think about region. Her latest project, Chronicling Stankonia, explores the influence of OutKast on images of the American South. She teaches at Kennesaw State University and also writes fiction, including the recently published short story collection Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South.

We will showcase work songs from Georgia cane fields and Carolina mills. We will tell stories of the cooks who feed working folk at construction sites and tobacco fields. We will sing songs of soup beans and the fight-for-fifteen.

Leading the way will be – among many other good and smart folk — Kiese Laymon, Carnegie medal winning author of Heavy, chef Maneet Chauhan, the pride of Nashville, and Jessie Wilkerson, author of To Live Here, You Have to Fight.


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