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UT Arlington serving up lecture series on food and literature

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson

ARLINGTON - Food in literature and culture will be the focus of the UT Arlington Department of English's annual Rudolph Hermanns Lecture Series Oct. 13-15. Eight scholars and professionals from across the country will be on hand for the three-day event.

Darra Goldstein

Darra Goldstein

Many of the presentations are open to the public, including independent scholar and author Catherine Field's look at food and identity in the popular "Twilight" series on Oct. 14. Williams College professor and Gastronomica magazine editor-in-chief Darra Goldstein will also give a talk Oct. 15 on "The Visual Culture of Food."

The lecture series also ties in with celebrity chef Rick Bayless' sold-out appearance at UT Arlington Oct. 14.

"Everybody can relate to food because everybody eats," said Amy Tigner, assistant professor of English and this year's lecture coordinator. "How much you think about eating and about food may vary, but the more intellectual engagement we can have ... the more we can learn about ourselves."

In coordination with the lecture series, The Planetarium at UT Arlington, 700 Planetarium Place, will present the film "Tortilla Soup" at 8 p.m. Oct. 13.

The Hermanns Lecture Series began nearly 30 years. Go to for more information.

Lectures open to the public will be held in the sixth floor parlor of the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 14

9:30 a.m., "Unbitten Apple: Food, Identity, and Female Desire in Twilight" by Catherine Field.

10:15 a.m., "Martha Stewart Minus the Jail Time: Hannah Woolley and the Ethics of Restoration" by David Goldstein (York University).

11 a.m., "Breakfast" by Tim Morris (UT Arlington).

2 p.m., "The Hallelujah Diet: Radical Recipe For Culture Change?" by Josephine Caldwell Ryan (UT Arlington).

Friday, Oct. 15

10 a.m., "Food Culturing: A New Environmental Ethic?" by Allison Carruth (University of Oregon).

11 a.m., "In Memory's Kitchen: Preserving and the World of Early English Recipes" by Wendy Wall (Northwestern University).

1:30 p.m., "The Visual Culture of Food" by Darra Goldstein (Williams College).

2:45 p.m., Round table discussion with guest speakers.


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