Meet 2017 Smith Symposium Fellows

The Smith Symposium Fellows, a program underwritten by a gift from Pam and Brook Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, invites individuals whose work promises a positive impact on the southern region and its foodways to be guests at SFA symposia. Meet our 2017 Smith Fellows in advance of our October gathering.

Rosalind Bentley is a long-time journalist, who has recently focused on how African American kitchens served as hubs for resistance movements. A native of the Florida panhandle, with roots there that predate the Civil War, she also writes about the impact of rural land loss on African American families. She lives in Atlanta and writes for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hally Chirinos grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, working the register at her parents’ restaurant, El Pulgarcito. Her parentsHenry and Delmi Chirinos created a menu of Honduran, Salvadoran, and Mexican dishes. Customers arrive seeking Central American staples and connections to home.

Devita Davison is executive director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization with a mission to cultivate a community of food entrepreneurs who aspire to use the power of business to solve some of Detroit’s more challenging social and environmental problems. Devita writes about food systems and has facilitated workshops on food justice and entrepreneurship.

Adante Hart is a graduate student in the Master of Public Health in Nutrition/Registered Dietitian program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. He also serves as an Ambassador for the Oldways African Heritage and Health Program,  focused on foods of the African Diaspora. He helps others understand food in terms of both nutrition and narrative.

Ashanté M. Reese is an assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College in Atlanta. She completed her doctorate in anthropology, with specializations in race, gender, and social justice, at American University. She is working on a forthcoming book entitled Between a Corner Store and a Safeway: Race, Food, and Geographies of Self-Reliance in the Nation’s Capital.