2014 Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Todd Kliman

Kliman will speak about the complex space of the restaurant, with its cultural markers and coded language. Whether or not such decisions are intentional on the part of the restaurateur, Kliman argues, “everything is saying something—from the tablecloths to the choice to not have tablecloths.”

What a 3-Minute Symposium Sellout Tells Us about the SFA

At noon today, there was a run on tickets to a Symposium in which we will mark the 50th anniversary of restaurant desegregation and challenge attendees to take stock of the issues — like race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, food sovereignty and more — that continue to divide us.

Director’s Cut: Booker Wright Oratorio

We have conceived an operetta that illustrates the “double consciousness” of African American life by telling the tragic and true story of the waiter Booker Wright…

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Fall Symposium Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, August 5 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Here’s what you need to know.

2014 Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Clay Risen

During the Symposium in October, Risen will explore topics from his most recent book published in April, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. Risen describes the series of events leading up to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a “broad, epic struggle, a sweeping tale of unceasing grassroots activism, ringing speeches, backroom deal-making and finally, hand-to-hand legislative combat.”

Director’s Cut: Defining the Welcome Table

SFA used a painting by Sam Doyle, in the collection of the High Museum, on the cover of our first Symposium brochure, back in 1998. For our 10th anniversary Symposium in 2007, we returned to Doyle for our defining image.

Director’s Cut: 2014 Symposium Speaker Preview

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 desegregated places of public accommodation, including restaurants. This year, SFA marks that anniversary and asks questions about inclusion and exclusion in the modern South…