Food is an emblem of culture. What, where, when, how, and why we eat are all intimately connected to our cultural community. From garbage plates in ROC to plate lunches in Hawai’i, from the meat and potato diet of agrarian cultures to the brunch culture of urban areas, food communicates who we are. But can food and food-related practices also bring diverse others together? This workshop examines the use of shared food experience as a method of intercultural communication, drawing from Casrnir’s (1978) model of third culture building.
GOAL/OUTCOME #1 Participants consider the role of food in their cultural identities and be willing to try new foods.
GOAL/OUTCOME #2 Participants will recognize that sharing food can create cooperative, interactive intercultural conversations.
GOAL/OUTCOME #3 The workshop should become a meta-exercise in third culture building.
Ashley Edwards, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication, The College at Brockport Ashley A. Hanna Edwards, assistant professor earned her PHD from Michigan State University. As an interpersonal communication scholar, she examines the role of communication within our close relationships, with a primary focus on social support. She uses her experiences as a half-Egyptian, Minnesotan farm girl and short-time resident of Hawai’i in combination with her academic background to teach intercultural communication.
Karim Goforth, Double Major in Communication and Political Science, The College at Brockport Karim Goforth is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science at The College at Brockport. He is currently the 2017-2018 President of the Transfer Club and the Secretary of the Voices of Progressive Change Club. He draws on his intersecting identities as an African American and native of Brooklyn to study interpersonal communication and its relation to diversity.
Jenny Reyes, Communication Major, The College at Brockport Jenny Reyes is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in recreation and leisure. As an avid food enthusiast and extrovert with a primary residence in the food capital of the world, New York City, she has been able to diversify herself on global cultures outside of her own including: Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Cambodia, Ghana, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Peru, South Korea, and others. She uses her experiences as a first generation American and first generation college student as well as her travel to the Dominican Republic (for the past 18 years) and study abroad in Chile to advocate for the beauty in diversity throughout her everyday life. Her areas of interest include (but are not limited to): Diversity, Empowerment, Community Development, Education, Event planning, Marketing, Advertising, Public Speaking and Volunteer work. She is the Founder and President of “Virtuous Women”, an organization at her University which aims to empower women to become the best version of themselves.