|Welcome to the UNCG Atlantic World Research Network
Atlantic World Foodways:
The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy, and Spain
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference Featuring Scholars and Chefs
Presented by the Atlantic World Research Network, O.Henry & Proximity Hotels, Sponsored by specialty grocer The Fresh Market
January 30-February 2, 2014
The Proximity and O.Henry Hotels, Greensboro, NC
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Elliott University Center
Featured Food Scholars:
David Shields, Professor of English, University of South Carolina (Lowcountry)
Jessica B. Harris, Professor of English, Queen’s College, CUNY (Africa)
John Dickie, Professor of Italian Studies, University College, London (Italy)
Maricel Presilla, President, Gran Cacao; Food Columnist, Miami Herald (Latina)
2013 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook: Gran Cocina Latina
Featured Chefs Sponsored by The Fresh Market:
Sean Brock, Executive Chef, Husk and McCrady’s, Charleston, SC; Husk, Nashville, TN
Bon Appetit’s 2012 “Best New Restaurant in America”: Husk, Charleston
Jay Pierce, Executive Chef, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Greensboro and Cary, NC
http://www.lucky32.com/press.htm (Piedmont, Lowcountry, and Africa)
Gabriele Grigolon, Executive Chef, OTG Management, New York, NY
Leigh Hesling, Executive Chef, Green Valley Grill & Print Works Bistro, Greensboro, NC
Timothy Bocholis, Executive Chef, Bistro B, Kernersville, NC
The Atlantic World Research Network, in partnership with Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels and specialty grocer The Fresh Market, presents a unique feast of ideas and food—an international and interdisciplinary conference exploring four great transatlantic foodways: Carolina Lowcountry, African, Italian, and Spanish/Latin American. Featuring famed food scholars and leading chefs, our conference will bring together inquiring minds and discerning palates as we ask how transatlantic contact combined and transformed old foodways, and how those foodways have transformed us all. Conference activities will include multiple themed tasting dinners and distinctive foodway demonstrations by featured chefs, and our exciting venues will include Greensboro’s Proximity, America’s greenest hotel, which proves that sustainability, beauty, and comfort can all share the same address. http://www.proximityhotel.com/
Four famed Atlantic World Foodways Scholars whose research covers the breadth of the Atlantic experience have accepted our invitation to join us as plenary speakers (see above and below).
Outstanding Atlantic World Foodways Chefs will oversee unforgettable themed tasting dinners and reflect on the meaning of food recovery research and the craft of their world-class cuisines.
About our Featured Speakers:
--David Shields teaches Southern Literature and Culture at the University of South Carolina, and is the dean of Southern food scholars and partner with Charleston’s Sean Brock in the recovery of heirloom crops and livestock that led to the creation of Husk restaurant;
--Jessica Harris teaches African-American Literature and Culture at Queens College in New York, and is America’s leading scholar of the foodways of the African Atlantic, as well as a noted culinary author and founder of Africooks.com;
--John Dickie is an author and BBC documentarian who teaches Italian Studies at the University of London, and is widely recognized as the leading historian of Italian Mafia culture; he is also author of Delizia! on Italian foodways;
--Maricel Presilla writes a weekly column in the Miami Herald, is founder and president of Gran Cacao, an international heirloom cocoa bean importer, and is owner-manager of two restaurants and a food atelier in Hoboken, NJ: Zafra, Cucharamama, and Ultramarinos. Her Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, won the 2013 James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year.
--The conference will be headquartered at the Elliott University Center, a state-of-the-art facility on the UNCG campus, with sessions also at the Proximity Hotel and at the O.Henry Hotel, and at their attached fine restaurants, Print Works Bistro and The Green Valley Grill. Greensboro is an historic American city which has witnessed the Revolutionary Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781, the collapse of the Confederate cabinet in 1865, and the birth of the Sit-In Movement in 1960.
--Rooms are available for reduced conference rates at the Proximity, America’s leading green hotel, and at the O.Henry Hotel, both near the UNCG campus. For rates and registration information, see http://www.uncg.edu/eng/awrn/conferencerates
In more ways than one, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro stands on the verge of the Atlantic World. Poised in the Piedmont, we look out towards an Atlantic Rim that has shaped our past, enriches our present, and is likely to define our future. Our history and identity have been made largely by the crossing of Atlantic waters, often freely, though sometimes in chains. As the peoples and civilizations of Europe, Africa, and the Americas have encountered, collided, and combined, we have created one of the world’s first truly global cultures—and one that remains hotly contested.
Now, building on the success of UNCG's six Atlantic World Conferences in seven years and its many ongoing Atlantic World initiatives, and supported by Provost David Perrin and Dean of the College Tim Johnston, the Atlantic World Research Network provides leadership in circumatlantic studies not only at UNCG and around our region, but around the Atlantic Rim and beyond. Celebrating UNCG's new membership in The Folger Institute on Capitol Hill, this interdisciplinary network embraces and fosters Atlantic World research, teaching, and creative work across campus - in the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Social Sciences, and across the Academic Units: in the Schools of Business, Education, Health and Human Performance, Human Environmental Sciences, Music and Nursing, and in the Library and the Lloyd International Honors College. From sponsored speakers, lunchtime colloquia, and curricular development to graduate student research awards, publications, grant-writing, readings and exhibitions, and international conferences both here and abroad, this new Network brings the Atlantic World home to UNCG, and UNCG around the world.