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On Monday, November 19, from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. in Snyder-Phillips, RCAH students will be hosting the first in a series of Hunger Dialogues for approximately 100 MSU students. Apropos of Thanksgiving, the theme of this first dialogue will be the family meal, its content and structure.
Unlike the conventional Oxfam Hunger Banquet in which participants are divided into three groups, each receiving a very different quality meal, the participants to this dialogue will be served one of three different "holiday" meals from three different regions of the world. There will be a discussion of United States Thanksgiving meals as a point of departure, and the Thanksgiving meal will be contrasted with other holiday meals in these other regions of the world in which thanks is given.
There will be a performative element to the evening as a way of sparking small table and cross-table discussions. The discussions will include the procurement of the food, the preparation of the meal, the serving of the meal, its consumption, and finally, clean-up. RCAH students, with the help of faculty advisors, are currently doing research on these structural aspects of these archetypal meals, how they are organized by gender, age, and economic class, and what values they represent in their cultures.
The next set of Hunger Dialogues will look beyond the structure of the family meal to investigate other national and global structural aspects of food systems.
Participating in The Hunger Dialogues is free, but space is limited. Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite today!