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2016 Southern Foodways Symposium
Oxford, MS
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2016 Southern Foodways Symposium
19th Southern Foodways Symposium
Corn as Symbol, Sustenance, and Problem
October 13-16, 2016
University of Mississippi & Oxford, Mississippi

For more schedule information and detail, visit www.southernfoodways.org.

Please note that all ticket holders must be a current SFA members. If you are a member registering a guest, be sure that your guest's membership is current before purchasing the guest ticket.


The Southern Foodways Alliance stages its fall Symposium October 1316 on the campus of the University of Mississippi and in and around the town of Oxford. Onsite registration for ticket holders begins on Thursday afternoon at 2:00. Southern Studies Fantasy Camp, back for a second year,  commences at 3:00. Sunday morning at 11:00, the Symposium closes when we send you home with a travelers meal of Cold Cornflour-crusted Fried Chicken and jars of guest chef-pickled delights. Dont miss a minute.

The 19th Symposium explores corn, our nations mother grain (and, we might add, a signal image on the SFA logo.) Progressing in concept from cob to kernel and in time from prehistory to the Newer South, this four day event examines the ways in which corn has served the American South as symbol, sustenance, and problem.

Speakers include David Shields, professor of letters, author of Southern Provisions, and heirloom comeback king; Michael Twitty, researcher of African American foodways and author of the forthcoming book, The Cooking Gene; Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating; and Regina Bradley of Armstrong State University, an aluma Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow at Harvard University.

Meals, cooked and served to fuel our discussions, begin with a communal Brunswick Stew wherein we gather to celebrate common bonds, indivisible by political and social rancor. Along the way, we enjoy Cast-iron Toasted Cornbread Madeleines from a Cajun-born New York City chef, and  Cornbread Crumble-topped Squash Casserole from a Savannah native of African descent who once directed Paula Deens kitchen. Alex Raij, the Basque cuisine champion, serves Delacata Empanadas. Steven Satterfield, the champion of root to leaf cooking, has conjured a silk-to-kernel luncheon that celebrates all things maize. And Sean Sherman, the nations foremost chef-interpreter of Native American foodways, reintroduces Flint Corn Cakes and Sun-dried Rabbit to the Southern larder.

SFA oral historians and filmmakers have worked all year to create content for this weekend. We screen five documentary films, four of those produced and directed by the SFA. One film comes courtesy of John Egerton Prize winner Jon-Sesrie Goff, a native of the Lowcountry who returned home after the terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel Church to document the Sea Island promise of 40 Acres and a Mule. Speaking of documentary efforts, after we screen a new film on Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ira Wallace, please join us to toast to her great work, which we first recognized by way of an oral history project directed by SFAs own Sara Wood.

New and exciting, and we think groundbreaking, is a robust and vigorous SFA commitment to arts programming, driven by multi-year grants from 21c Museum Hotels and the Cockyane Fund. We open the Symposium with a viewing of Secret Ingredient, a new sculpture along with a contextualizing installation by Shae Hembrey, the Arkansas-born artist who rose to international fame when he created Seek: 100 in 2011, a conceptual biennale for which he made each of the 100 artworks.  And we close the weekend with Listen to Me: A Folk Opera by acclaimed Kentucky novelist Silas House and Sam Gleaves, a bluegrass musician who writes of, among other things, finding a place for LBGT peoples in the Appalachian narrative.


Powerhouse (View)
413 S. 14th St.
Oxford, MS 38655
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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