Food history lecture slated

  • Friday, January 24, 2014

Noted cookbook author and food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris will explore Africa’s connection with Charleston’s street vendor during a Feb. 16 lecture sponsored by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston.

Cart-pushing vendors through Charleston’s streets were once as much a part of the city’s cultural landscape as the single house is to the city’s architectural history, said Harris, an English professor at Queens College, City University of New York.

“I’m Talkin’ ‘bout the Food I Sells: Charleston’s Street Vendors - Their Wares and Their Ways” is the topic of Harris’ 4 p.m. lecture in the Stern Center ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Before Harris’ lecture at the College of Charleston, she will also speak at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Murrells Inlet at Brookgreen Garden as part of the garden’s lecture series to highlight the influence of Gullah Geechee culture to the rice heritage of the Lowcountry community and America. For more information about Brookgreen Garden’s lecture series, go to www.brookgreen.org/calendar_feb.html.

In 2012, Harris was asked by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize and curate the cafeteria of the new museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. It is scheduled to open in 2015.

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