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Harlem's Skill: Senses and Sensibility in Uptown Manhattan w/Damian Mosley Culinary Historians of NY
NYU Steinhardt School - Food Studies
New York, NY
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Harlem's Skill: Senses and Sensibility in Uptown Manhattan w/Damian Mosley Culinary Historians of NY
Thursday, June 10, 2010


Harlem's Skill: Senses and Sensibility in Uptown Manhattan
with Damian Mosley

In an increasingly gentrified Harlem, where tour companies highlight the authentic food establishments embedded in an ever more cosmopolitan neighborhood, it is easy to overlook the long history of exhibition in Harlem's gustatory landscape. It is a place where the food, cooks, and taste have long been on display. Visitors and residents in early twentieth-century Harlem described the sights, sounds, scents, and tastes uptown as distinct, as black. These descriptions, what could be called sensory constructions of race, were formulated by those living inside and outside Harlem.

Join us as Damian Mosley analyzes how those inside and outside of Harlem before 1960 created understandings and impressions of Harlem and "blackness" through experiencing and discussing its distinctive foods, and how the two views influenced each other. Some of the foods that sparked the discussion of Harlem will be served at the reception.

Damian M. Mosley is a food scholar and cook whose recent work has been published in "Gastronomica," "Food Culture & Society," TheRoot.com, Dallas Morning News, and "Gastropolis: Food and New York City". His food and his research are focused on the African diaspora, with a particular emphasis on the ways that food authenticates race and, alternatively, how racial identity is performed in the context of cooking and eating. After receiving his doctorate in Food Studies in New York, he taught food and culture and culinary skills. In 2008 he moved to Baltimore, where, never able to stay out of the kitchen for long, he began working in a restaurant and running a catering operation and launched a biscuit stand at the Highlandtown Farmer's Market.

NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
Steinhardt School
35 W. 4th St., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10012

6:30 pm Check-In and Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
$40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members

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NYU Steinhardt School - Food Studies
35 West Fourth Street, 10th fl.
New York, NY 10012
United States



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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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