CornHow has the history of human society been driven by the need for food? What can regional cuisines tell us about the histories of human migration, trade, and political interactions?

This teachers’ institute explored the history of foodways as a theme for K-12 classrooms. Leading scholars in the field presented case studies from around the world addressing topics of food cultivation, consumption, security and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. 


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Presenter Videos

Food: The Ultimate Active Learning Tool

Fasting in World History

Food for the Nation: Understanding Russia's Post-Soviet Transition

Rice and Rice Farmers in West Africa's Upper Guinea Coast

Agriculture in Prehistoric Mexico

Agricultural Production in the Ancient Near East in the last 7,000 Years

Sacred Grain - Rice and Religion in East and Southeast Asian Perspective

Food, Famine, and Moral Choice in Nineteenth-Century China and Ireland

Fables of Famine in India during the British Colonial Period