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Fried chicken and spaghetti with red gravy. Cassava with cane syrup. Biryani with cold beer. Join SFA in Bentonville, Arkansas, home of Crystal Bridges, the vanguard American art museum, and Cricket for America, the promoter of all things wicket. Northwest Arkansas is a place of unsuspected complexity, defined over generations by new arrivals who land here in search of work and promise.

Italian immigrants arrived here after quitting the cotton fields of the Delta. Mexican immigrants arrived here to work chicken plant jobs. Now South Asian people arrive here to work software jobs. Labor needs have driven change in this complex corner of the South.

Drawing on scholars like Angie Maxwell of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas; inspired by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, a native of this region and author ofEvery Nation Has Its Dish; fed by chefs like Matt McClure of the Hive and the Tang family of Tang’s Asian Market; we explore how the want for work and the need for labor has defined this place and its people.

Tickets include all presentations, a tour of the art museum, and six meals. Travel and lodging are separate expenses and are the responsibility of the attendee. A room block with special rates has been arranged at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. A special reservation link will be shared with those who purchase tickets.

Tickets to our Summer Field Trip go on sale Monday, April 1. Current SFA members will receive a password via email to purchase early bird discounted tickets priced at $300 beginning at 11:00 a.m. central time on April 1. Non-members may purchase tickets for $350 beginning at 1 p.m. on April 1.


This event is not hosted by ASAN. As one of ASAN’s roles is to share information and resources across our network so as to maximize all of our impact, we routinely post events that we ourselves are not hosting. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact event organizers rather than ASAN.

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