3 Public Lectures Focus on Growing Herbs and Foods History
ST. MARYS CITY, Md. (September 13, 2010) Three lectures on food - what Presidents Jefferson and Madison ate, how to grow herbs, and the history of writing down recipes - highlight St. Marys College of Marylands Museum Studies Week Sept. 27-30. All lectures are free and open to the public.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center, Jennifer Cognard-Black, associate professor of English, will discuss recipes as culture and memory. Whether written on note cards, collected in boxes, published in cookbooks, or posted online, says Cognard-Black, recipes articulate culture and are remarkable vessels of human memory.
At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Schaefer Hall 106, alumna Chrissy Moore 96, now curator at the U.S. National Arboretum, will give tips on raising culinary herbs. This lecture is co-hosted by the Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series and the St. Marys Arboretum, a new college organization focusing on the campus landscape and how it is cared for.
And at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Marys Hall, Elizabeth Chew, associate curator of collections at Thomas Jeffersons Monticello, and Christian Cotz, education coordinator for James Madisons Montpelier, will discuss the culinary tastes of these presidents, as well as those of the indentured and enslaved workers in the kitchens.