What It Means to Study Food at an HBCU: Bolstered by History, Looking Toward the Future
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Today, food studies is a broad, interdisciplinary collection of varied approaches to food, culture, and society. The field is concentrated at predominantly white, co-ed institutions. The reasons for this are varied and complicated. More college and universities are offering majors, minors, and graduate programs. Such programs require both resources and faculty. There are no measures for the sustainability or retention of undergraduate student interest in food studies, which is important for any college because undergraduate tuition dollars are critical to financial health. For HBCUs, histories of agricultural knowledge and production have not manifested in contemporary food studies programs. Funding challenges and consolidation (or elimination) of academic programs are real concerns for HBCUs.
Reese, Ashanté, "What It Means to Study Food at an HBCU: Bolstered by History, Looking Toward the Future" (2018). Spelman College Faculty Publications. 36.
Southern Foodways Alliance (https://www.southernfoodways.org/)
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