Event Title

Food for Thought: An Exercise in Third Culture Building

Description

Food is an emblem of culture. What, where, when, how, and why we eat are all intimately connected to our cultural community. From garbage plates in ROC to plate lunches in Hawai’i, from the meat and potato diet of agrarian cultures to the brunch culture of urban areas, food communicates who we are. But can food and food-related practices also bring diverse others together? This workshop examines the use of shared food experience as a method of intercultural communication, drawing from Casrnir’s (1978) model of third culture building.

GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Participants consider the role of food in their cultural identities and be willing to try new foods.

GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Participants will recognize that sharing food can create cooperative, interactive intercultural conversations.

GOAL/OUTCOME #3 The workshop should become a meta-exercise in third culture building.

Presenter(s)

Ashley Edwards, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication, The College at Brockport Ashley A. Hanna Edwards, assistant professor earned her PHD from Michigan State University. As an interpersonal communication scholar, she examines the role of communication within our close relationships, with a primary focus on social support. She uses her experiences as a half-Egyptian, Minnesotan farm girl and short-time resident of Hawai’i in combination with her academic background to teach intercultural communication.

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Oct 5th, 2:00 PM Oct 5th, 3:15 PM

Food for Thought: An Exercise in Third Culture Building

Food is an emblem of culture. What, where, when, how, and why we eat are all intimately connected to our cultural community. From garbage plates in ROC to plate lunches in Hawai’i, from the meat and potato diet of agrarian cultures to the brunch culture of urban areas, food communicates who we are. But can food and food-related practices also bring diverse others together? This workshop examines the use of shared food experience as a method of intercultural communication, drawing from Casrnir’s (1978) model of third culture building.

GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Participants consider the role of food in their cultural identities and be willing to try new foods.

GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Participants will recognize that sharing food can create cooperative, interactive intercultural conversations.

GOAL/OUTCOME #3 The workshop should become a meta-exercise in third culture building.