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Spring 2011 Franke Lecture Series Begins January 31

Professor Joanna Waley-Cohen of New York University will deliver the first Franke lecture in this semester’s series, “History of Food and Cuisine.”  Her talk, “Banquets and Politics in China,” will take place on Monday, January 31, at 5 pm in Room 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center and is free and open to the public.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the Humanities to a wide and general audience. The Spring 2011 series studies the history of food and culinary styles from prehistory to the present, with a particular focus on Europe and the United States. This year’s lectures are organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar taught by Paul Freedman, Chester D. Tripp Professor of History. Other scheduled lectures include Fabio Parasecoli, “The Masculine and the Meal: Representations of Food and Men in Blockbuster Movies,” on February 21; Susan Tucker, “Inscribing Food/Talking Life: New Orleans Past,” on March 2; and Danny Meyer, “The Power of Hospitality,” on April 18. 

Ms. Waley-Cohen received her PhD from Yale University. She is currently chair of the History Department at NYU, where she has taught the history of China since 1992. Her books include The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History (1999) and The Culture of War: Empire and the Military under the Qing Dynasty (2006). Ms. Waley-Cohen has also published many articles on Chinese law, politics, foreign relations, and culinary culture, including “A Question of Balance: Taste and Gastronomy in China,” in Food: The History of Taste (2008), edited by Paul Freedman. She is currently working on two projects: a culinary history of early modern China, focused on consumption, leisure, cooking, and imperial dining practices; and an account of daily life in China around 1800. 

For more information contact Susan Stout at 203 432-6556 or email susan.stout@yale.edu