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Comfort Food Poetry Workshop

When: Thursday, October 20, 2022
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CT

Where: University Library, Ver Steeg Lounge, Floor 3, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   (847) 491-7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Comfort Food Poetry Workshop

What does the food we eat say about us? Our histories, our identities, our existence.

When we prepare and eat a meal, what are the feelings that arise? What are the memories we access? Who are the people we remember? Where are the places we go? Food is crucial to the ways we exist and move through the world. The process of making a meal and eating it is a ritual and these rituals are a kind of storytelling.

The Comfort Food Poetry Workshop, hosted by poet, journalist and activist Wana Udobang (visiting scholar, the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University) uses our memories and feelings around food as a conduit to create poems that become new recipes. During the workshop, the participants will engage with memories around food as well as other recipe poems to create their own new works. We will be feasting, sharing memories, and making new recipes. 

Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 7:00pm

Location: Northwestern Library

*The workshop is free, but registration is required as participation is capped at 15 people to allow for maximum participation - register here.

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