Marcie Ferris LectureMonday, October 12, 2009 - 7:00pm
"Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South"
Department of American Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In her culinary journey through the Jewish South, Marcie Cohen Ferris, a native of Blytheville, Arkansas, explores how southern Jews both embraced and avoided southern food through patterns of eating that have existed since the region¹s first Jewish explorers and merchants arrived in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Southern Jews re-invented traditions as they adjusted to living in a largely Christian world where they were deeply shaped by regional rules of race, class, and gender. At their dining tables, Jewish Southerners---young and old, rural and urban---created a distinctive religious expression that reflects the evolution of southern Jewish life.
Place: The Inn @ USC Carolina Room
[Sponsored by Southern Studies, English Language & Literature, and Jewish Studies]