The fall 2013 season of the Hofstra Cultural Center’s Italian American Experience Lecture Series features the theme of food and culture.
“While Italian and Italian American cuisine remain the world’s most popular fare, they are sometimes misunderstood. This series of lectures aims to examine the role of food in Italian American society, particularly its intersection with politics, culture and art,” said series director Stanislao Pugliese, who is professor of history, a Hofstra Cultural Center Fellow and Hofstra’s Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies.
“Anthony di Renzo offers biting satire, and John Mariani a toast to Italian American cuisine, while Simone Cinotto’s offers a sociological study of the food/family/society matrix.”
The lectures in the series start at 7 p.m. at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, First Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.hofstra.edu/culture or call 516-463-5669.
Tuesday, October 8
Lunch with Trimalchio: How McDonald’s Invaded Italy
Speaker: Anthony Di Renzo, Associate Professor of Writing, Ithaca College and Author,
Bitter Greens: Essays on Food, Politics, and Ethnicity from the Imperial Kitchen, 2010
Tuesday, October 22
How Italian Food Conquered the World
Speaker: John Mariani, Food and Travel Columnist,
Esquire Magazine, and Author, How Italian Food Conquered the World, 2011
Tuesday, November 26
A Family That Eats Together: Immigrant Foodways and the Making of Italian Identities in America
Speaker: Simone Cinotto, Assistant Professor of Contemporary History, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy and Author, The Italian American Table: Food, Family and Community in New York (Forthcoming, October 2013)