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Game Changers Excerpt: Elizabeth Engelhardt

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Published on Apr 19, 2013

Southern Food Matters

A southern meal of fried chicken or barbecue, homegrown tomatoes, a mess of greens, and peaches. Should they be subjects of academic research? Does southern food matter? We live in an era of great interest in food—with high stakes questions of who has enough food, what food contributes to our society's and our planet's health, and how food makes reputations of people or places. Simultaneously, a cultural fascination with the US South has continued for at least two hundred years. Civil rights, identity, definitions of home and away are debated in portraits of southern culture. When we bring the two together and apply academic lens to southern food, we access complex gender, racial, and class politics of the past as well as our present. Our discussion reveals the southern food matters in a meal, a can of tomatoes, a pot of greens, and a pitmaster's story.

Game Changers brings The University of Texas at Austin's intellectual talent beyond the classroom with an hour-long show to be broadcast on the Longhorn Network, where you can view the entire program. espn.go.com/longhornnetwork

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