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Food Culture and Politics Lecture Series Starts Next Week

For the next six weeks at the Montana State University Billings Library will host a lecture series “What’s Cooking: Exploring American Food Culture, Politics and History.”

It will feature faculty and staff in the fields of history, science, communications and Native American Studies as well as two local authors.

Brent Roberts is the director of library services at MSUB, which is hosting the lecture series.

He says one of the exciting things about this six-week series is the refreshments. It will not be your standard cookies and lemonade, with food served that evening will be from recipes particular to that night’s topic.

One night there will be Butte pasties.  On April 12 the refreshments will be Native American cuisine while Reno Charette, the American Indian Outreach Director, discusses the roles of Native women.

Roberts says the idea for a lecture series on food comes from the faculty and staff at the university, giving them an opportunity to talk about their research, focus and interests.

Roberts urges people interested in food to attend the lecture series. He says “It’s a great time to come together to talk about history, culture and politics of food and to enjoy some good food together.”

The lectures start on Tuesday night, March 15 at 6:30pm in room 148 in the MSUB library. The topic is “Americans at the Table: The Political Language of Food.” The lecturer will be Dr. Sam Boerboom, MSUB Communications and Theater Department.

The lectures are free and open to the public.