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Webinar with Michael Twitty, author of the Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South 

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Sonia Schreiber Weitz Lecture Series

The Salem State Center for Holocaust and Genocide's Sonia Schreiber Weitz and the CJP Bold Conversations series will host a public event featuring African American Jewish author Michael Twitty, author of “Consuming Identities: Slavery, Southern Food, and Kosher Soul” on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 7-8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Join CHGS and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) as we welcome culinary historian Michael Twitty for a conversation with award-winning historian Bethany Jay. Twitty will shed light on some of America’s darkest moments, highlighting the African roots of the rich culinary tradition of the South. He will also reflect on his Black and Jewish identities and how he often unites and blends them in food as an expression of “Kosher soul.”  

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer from the Washington, D.C., area. HarperCollins released Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, which traces his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom, in 2017. The book won the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, making him the first Black author so recognized. Kosher Soul, his follow-up to The Cooking Gene, will be out in 2022 from HarperCollins. 

Professor Bethany Jay teaches American history at Salem State University. Together with Cynthia Lyerly, Jay co-edited the volume Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, which won the American Historical Association’s 2018 James Harvey Robinson Prize for making “the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history.” She serves as a co-host of Teaching Hard History, a popular podcast from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Learning for Justice project.

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When 11:59pm
Professor Christopher Mauriello

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