Summer Symposium Spotlight | Tom Hanchett

Meet Tom Hanchett, one of the speakers at the 2017 SFA Summer Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tom, a native of Illinois and a Southern transplant, is a public historian based in Charlotte. After 16 years as the staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, Tom has refocused on telling Charlotte neighborhood stories. He does this through writings on urban development and race in Charlotte and a monthly column on Charlotte’s expanding immigrant cultures called Food from Home. You can find his recent work on his blog,

In the SFA reader The Larder, Hanchett described Charlotte as the Salad Bowl City, a moniker he’ll parse in more depth in his talk at the Summer Symposium. His most recent piece for the SFA takes us on a tour of different tamale styles in Charlotte; on the way we get to know a few of the many different immigrant groups that make Charlotte home.

You can catch Tom’s talk at the Summer Symposium on Thursday evening. Find the schedule, and more details about the symposium here. Remember, symposium guests must have current memberships, so if you haven’t renewed for 2017, now’s a good time!