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What We’re Reading: Soda Politics

In 2016, SFA examines the corn-fed South: corn as symbol, corn as sustenance, and corn as syrupy problem. When considering this last angle, Marion Nestle’s Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning) is essential background reading.

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Call for Papers: 2016 Graduate Student Conference

The Southern Foodways Alliance announces a call for papers, multi-media projects, or short documentaries for a symposium in the fall of 2016. The symposium will be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, September 19-20.

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Spring Foodways Syllabus: Food, Place, & Power

This spring, Dr. Catarina Passidomo teaches an anthropology course on Food, Place, and Power, and we again have the privilege of seeing how the study of foodways plays out in her classroom.

Taqueria Guanajuato on Thompson St. in Springdale, AR. Photos by Von Diaz.

Listen to Gravy Ep. 30: The Pull of Pollo

Today’s Gravy podcast tells the story of Springdale, Arkansas, and how chicken transformed a once-sleepy rural town into the most ethnically diverse city in the state—and among the most diverse in the South.

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Cornpone: A Borrowed Term for a Borrowed Staple

Sometimes, during the course of researching the relationship between language and culture, a single word or concept emerges that seems to carry with it the whole of history. Take “cornpone.”