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For the 2008-2009 academic year, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara is presented a series of talks and events on the theme Food Matters. Topics included food production and consumption, food as a commodity, the global food crisis, environmental aspects of food production, slow food, gardens, sustainability, farmers markets, diet and the cultural history of food.

Click here for a list of courses affiliated with the Food Matters program
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Food Matters 2008-2009 Events:

TALK: In Cod We Trust
Brian Fagan (Anthropology, UCSB)

Wednesday, October 29 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020

Dias de los Muertos event
FILM SCREENING: Food for the Ancestors

Introduction by Sarah Cline (History, UCSB)
Thursday, October 30 / 5:30 PM
McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020

SCREENING:  The God of Cookery
(Stephen Chow, 1996, 95 minutes)

Monday, November 3 / 7:30 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater

ROUNDTABLE: Responses to the Global Food Crisis
Thursday, November 13 / 4:00 PM

McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020

TALK: Thought for Food: Literature and Gastronomy
Ronald Tobin (French and Italian, UCSB)

Wednesday, November 19 / 4:00 PM

SCREENING:  What’s Cooking?
(Gurinder Chadha, 2000, 109 minutes)

Monday, November 24 / 7:30 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater

SCREENING: Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers
(Les Blank, 1980, 51 minutes)
(Presented in Aromarama)
Monday, December 1 / 7:30 PM
MCC Theater

SCREENING: Our Daily Bread
Wednesday, December 3 / 7:30 PM
Campbell Hall
$6/$5 students

Winter 2009:

TALK AND DEMONSTRATION: Something’s Brewing in Arabia:  A History of Coffee and Coffee Houses
Juan and Magda Campo (Religious Studies)
Wednesday, January 28 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB 

CONFERENCE: Food Sustainability & Food Security
February 5-7, 2009
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

TALK: Maize and Migration: Connections between Traditional Maize Farming in Mexico and Immigrant Labor in California
Mary O’Connor (ISBER, UCSB)
Daniela Soleri (Geography, UCSB)
Thursday, February 12, 2009 / 4:00 PM

TALK: Allen James Grieco (History, Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)
Monday, February 23 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

TALK: The Triumphs of French Cuisine from Carême to Ratatouille
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson (Sociology, Columbia University)
Wednesday, February 25 / 5:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

TALK: Marion Nestle (Nutrition, Food Studies, NYU), author of What to Eat
Thursday, February 26, 2009
/ 7:30 PM
Marjorie Luke Theater

SCREENING: Sustainable LA
Monday, March 2 / 7:30 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater

TALK: Growing Places: Not a Cornfield and Farmlab
Janet Owen Driggs and Jeremy Rosenberg (Metabolic Studio)
Thursday, March 5 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

ARTIST TALK: Amy Franceschini: Futurefarmers
Wednesday, April 8 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

ARTIST TALK: Fritz Haeg: Welcoming the Wild
Tuesday, April 14 / 5:00 PM
Broida 1610

RECEPTION: Fritz Haeg
Tuesday April 14 / 6:30 PM
UCSB Community Garden Greenhouse

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Landscape of the Maya Forest: A Friendly, Local, Community Store
Macduff Everton (Photographer)
Anabel Ford (ISBER, UCSB)
Caroline MacDougall (Herbal Coffee Expert)
Michael Marzolla (moderator, UC Cooperative Extension)
Thursday, April 16 / 4:00 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

SCREENING: Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972, 102 min.)
Friday, April 24 / 8:00 PM
IV Theater

SCREENING AND TALK: Performing in the Kitchen: Bobby Baker’s Kitchen Show
Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (Performing Arts, Univ. of Winchester)
Wednesday, April 29 / 4:30 PM
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

CONFERENCE: Food Matters: Arts, Activism and Research
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Friday, May 1, 2009

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

TALK: The Kitchen Sisters (NPR)
Thursday, May 7, 2009 / 4:00 PM

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

SCREENING AND TALK: An evening with filmmaker Les Blank
Screenings of All In This Tea (2007)and Yum, Yum, Yum! (1990)
Friday, May 8 / 8:00 PM
IV Theater

TALK: Rebel Without a Cuisine: Julia Child and the Making of the American Cook
Laura Shapiro, author of Perfection Salad
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 / 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE: The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades: A Live Cooking Performance for Your Heart, Mind, Stomach & Funny Bone
Tuesday, May 19 / 8:00 PM
MultiCultural Center Theater
Admission at the door: $5 general / students free

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