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Tasting Trade/Trading Tastes: Teaching Geography and Culture through Food

Thu Nov 29 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join us as we cook and taste our way through the Middle East and beyond in this full-day, off-site clinic, exploring history, geography, culture, and even conflict by tracing how what we eat reflects who we are.  We will also look at how other aspects of culture—raw materials and luxury goods, techniques and technologies, design and disease—have moved and morphed across the world to create a global tapestry of traded commodities and memes you can trace in the classroom through experiential activities.

Whet your appetite for understanding how goods and ideas connect through trade and movement of people as we touch, taste, smell, and feel the commodities exchanged along this route, interspersing discussion with hands-on cooking and other activities.  As we make lunch (included), we’ll learn the stories of the ingredients we’re using, the spices we use as flavoring, and the impact of trade from east to west, and eventually across the Atlantic Ocean.

Barbara Petzen, Middle East Outreach Council, Washington, DC; Chris Rose, Middle East Outreach Council, Austin, TX; Craig Cangemi, Qatar Foundation International, Washington, DC