Smithsonian Food History Roundtables

Smithsonian Food History Roundtables text and headshots of participants

Free roundtable conversations about food and people in American history.

Save the date: Friday, October 27, 2017

About | Free Registration | Watch Live  | Full Schedule | Book Signings | Bios 


About

The Food History Roundtables are a series free moderated conversations for all inquiring minds. Leading researchers, practitioners, and thinkers come together to address big issues around food in America via four roundtable sessions over the course of the day. All sessions are free with required registration and will be held in the Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History.

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Registration

The Food History Roundtables are free for all to attend with registration preferred.

Registration for the 2017 Roundtables will open in summer of 2017. For the most up-to-date information on schedules, participants, and registration, sign up for the Smithsonian Food History newsletter here.

Seating capacity at this event is limited and will be filled on a first come, first seated basis first for all registered attendees and then to all walk-ins.

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Watch live

For all our food history friends who are not able to attend in person - we'll bring the Roundtables to you! 

Streaming information for the 2017 Roundtables will be available late summer 2017. In the meantime, here are all four sessions from the 2016 Roundtables which explored the relationship between people, power, politics, and food throughout American history:

Food History Roundtables 2016 - Session One: The Politics of Food

Participants: Warren Belasco, University of Maryland-Baltimore County; Adrian Miller, culinary historian and author; Marion Nestle, NYU; and moderator Dan Charles, NPR

 

Food History Roundtables 2016 - Session 2: The Politics of Farm Labor

Participants: Carlos Castañeda, Castañeda & Sons, Inc, and Mission Labor, Inc; Deborah Fitzgerald, MIT; Eliseo Medina, Service Employees International Union; and moderator Mireya Loza, National Museum of American History

 

Food History Roundtables 2016 - Session 3: The Politics of Labeling

Participants: Jean Halloran, Consumers Union; Susan T. Mayne, FDA; Michael Moss, Journalist and author; and moderator Susan Strasser, University of Delaware

 

Food History Roundtables 2016 - Session 4: The Politics of Health

Participants: Rock Harper, Chef and restaurateur; Elizabeth Hoover, Brown University; Brian Wansink, Cornell Food and Brand Lab; and moderator Helen Zoe Veit, Michigan State University

 

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2017 Full Schedule

Details about the 2017 Roundtables schedule, participants, and subjects will be announced late summer 2017. For the most up-to-date information on schedules, participants, and registration, sign up for the Smithsonian Food History newsletter here.


2017 Dine Out for Smithsonian Food History

Continue the conversations and food history festivities over dinner! Select restaurants in the greater D.C. metro region will feature a special dish on their menus this evening inspired by American food history. Proceeds from this dish will support future Smithsonian Food History programs.

Does your restaurant want to participate in the Dine Out?

Contact us at foodhistory@si.edu for details!

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Book Signings

After each session, some Roundtable participants will sign copies of their books. All books will be available for purchase.

 


2017 Participants

Details about the 2017 Roundtables schedule, participants, and subjects will be announced late summer 2017. For the most up-to-date information on schedules, participants, and registration, sign up for the Smithsonian Food History newsletter here.

 

 

 


If you would like to support the 2017 Food History Weekend or for more information on how to get involved, please contact Kari Fantasia, Deputy Director for External Affairs, at 202-633-3302 or FantasiaKa@si.edu.