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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

Marcie Ferris Lecture

Monday, October 12, 2009 - 7:00pm

"Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South"

Marcie Ferris
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]