2016-2017 “The Year of Food” – Research Fellow at the The University of Tulsa through the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities.
My research focuses on Expressions of Peace & War at the Global Table – in other words, what we need to “bring to the table” for a peaceful meal and world. I will examine how we use food to create identity and borders (emotional and geographic), and what that means to the conversation around peace. Since we can’t talk about peace without talking about her opposite – war – the scope of my research will include some consideration about the challenges we face on our journey towards peace.
I am working on several poems and art pieces that speak to my findings. I’ve already participated in a two-day Food Writing Symposium at University of Tulsa hosted by the Center for Humanities, featuring food writing workshops, readings, and panel discussions. I also plan to exhibit some of my art and poetry upon completion.
The work of linguist Dan Jurafsky has been particularly inspiring. I’ll leave you with this passage from my first reading assignment, in which he shares one of the characteristics that unites all humans – the fact that we’re all immigrants, and that no culture is an island: