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Virtual Symposium: Finding Comfort/Discomfort Through Foodways During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
2:00pm-3:30pm (EST)
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Lucy Long

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The Center for Food and Culture is hosting a virtual symposium to present an oral history project documenting ways in which people are finding both comfort and discomfort through food and foodways activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual interviews explored individuals’ experiences during this time, and excerpts from interviews can be viewed at the online interactive exhibit. The research team will discuss some of these stories, looking at how they point to larger issues in our culture and the current food system but also offer strategies for social connection, personal solace, and hope for a better future.

The free symposium will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (EST) from 2:00-3:30 pm. More information and registration will be posted on the website of the Center for Food and Culture ( Participants are invited to contribute questions and comments as well as photographs of their own comfort foods. The symposium will be recorded and available for future viewing. Project materials are available for classroom use and for anyone interested in contributing their own stories.

More information and registration details can be found on the Center for Food and Culture website.  

If you have additional questions, contact Center Director, Dr. Lucy Long at or

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