Michael Twitty

Michael Twitty visits UVA!twitty

The Wesley Foundation at UVa is thrilled to announce culinary anthropologist Michael Twitty as our 2018 McDonald Lecture guest on March 23-24! Author of The Cooking Gene, a book equal parts thoughtful memoir and thorough history, Michael Twitty explores the South’s troubled relationship with race through the lens of Southern cuisine and foodways. Twitty was recently named one of the 50 people changing the South by Southern Living and was named a 2016 Ted Fellow.

Make plans now to join us for one or more events during his visit, which is offered in partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book and MANY other ministries and UVA groups, departments, and organizations. Click here to see a flyer for the events.

Friday, March 23rd at 2pm at the UVA Bookstore
“Southern Food and Race: A Conversation” UVA professors Gertrude Fraser and Lisa Shutt join Michael Twitty in a discussion of race, power, cultural appropriation, and cultural diffusion in the world of Southern food writing and culinary politics. This event is part of the Festival of the Book and will include book sales and a signing after the talk.

Friday, March 23rd at 6pm at the UVA Ruth Caplin Theater
“The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South” Michael Twitty wanted to know more about his roots and heritage so he went on a multi state, international journey to discover his place in Southern food history and his place in the American story. Searching for his food roots and his family routes across the South he discovered a way to bring all Southerners to the table in a spirit of culinary celebration and spiritual and racial reconciliation. This event is part of the Festival of the Book and will include book sales and a signing after the talk. *Tickets are required but FREE at VABOOK.ORG*

Saturday, March 24th 11am-2pm at the Triangle of Grass (near Brooks Hall)
Outdoor “Old South” period cooking demonstration and interpretation Originally developed as part of his “Southern Discomfort Tour,” in which he visited historic homes and plantations to re-interpret cooking methods and cuisine of enslaved people, Michael Twitty will offer a taste of how cooking and historical interpretation enlighten understanding. This is a drop-in event and participants will be able to ask questions and taste the dishes Twitty prepares.

Here’s where you can find these events on Facebook.

Michael Twitty’s visit could not have come at a better time for UVA and Charlottesville. Make this visit one of the ways you choose to respond with #LoveOverFear and to #LoveYourNeighbor more fully, honestly, and with greater compassi on and humility.

THANK YOU to our co-sponsors for this event!

Black College Women at UVA

Black Student Alliance at UVA

LGBTQ Student Services at UVA

Minority Rights Coalition at UVA

Queer Student Union at UVA

St. Paul’s Memorial Church/Koinonia

The Brody Jewish Center – Hillel at UVA

The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies

The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at UVA

The JUEL Project (Jefferson’s University—Early Life Project, 1819-1870)

The Virginia Festival of the Book

Trinity Episcopal Church

UKirk Presbyterian Campus Ministry

University Arboretum and Landscape Committee

UVA Department of Religious Studies

UVA Department of American Studies

UVA Office of African-American Affairs Luther P. Jackson Black Cultural Center

UVA Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Weekly Meeting Schedule
  • Sunday
    • 11:00 Morning Worship at Wesley Memorial UMC (next door)
    • 5:00 Sunday Night Worship
  • Tuesday
    • 6:00 Tuesday Night Dinner
    • 6:45 Forum — Discussion/speaker on a variety of faith topics and student life.
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