Lebanon Bologna, Cola Champagne, Macaroni & Cheese: Childhood Food Autobiography as Intergenerational, Geospatial, and Historical Communication

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University Theatre

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Lifespan Communication, Geography and Food (COMM/GEOG 695) is a new graduate course taught by THOMAS J. SOCHA (professor and director of the graduate program in lifespan and digital communication) and DONALD ZEIGLER (professor of geography). The course examines intersections of communication, geography and food from lifespan and global perspectives. Socha and Zeigler will present highlights from their course and students will read excerpts from their food autobiographies, relating to cultural and personal identities in childhood food memories, dinner table talk, folk culture and victual rituals. Socha has published six books and over 30 articles and chapters about family communication and was the founding editor of the Journal of Family Communication. Zeigler teaches courses in cultural and urban geography, the Middle East and Latin America, plus distance learning courses for teachers. His co-edited book on Cities of the World is going into its sixth edition.


This panel presented selected graduate students' food autobiographies from the course COMM/GEOG 695: Lifespan Communication, Geography and Food. Moderated by Tom Socha and Don Zeigler on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.


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