INSTRUCTOR: Gretchen Scharnagl


SCHEDULE: Monday, Wednesday 11:00AM – 12:15PM

Course Description

Chew on this! This course will digest current cultural food trends and the health impacts of various dietary habits. A healthy serving of the politics, human movement, and conflicts, of which the scarcity or abundance of food has influenced, will be dished out during the semester. Humans have been influenced by their food from subsistence to culinary delicacy foraging to domestication of crops and famine crises. Students will sample specific foods such as coffee, chocolate, salt and more through readings. Students will present an abundant banquet of research projects on a wide range of food topics from monocultures to cannibalism. In keeping with this course, the students will cook up a feast as ritual, as the final exam.

Students will learn to:

  • Become a community that has a deeper understanding of the role food and feasts have in creating community, defining community, and be able to create a feast on their own for a community
  • Become waste-aware
  • Unlock the hidden histories, the benefits and dangers, of the food they eat