Trinity 100/126, check events for time.

Director: Troy Jollimore

Phone: 530-898-5122


* The Humanities Center’s theme for this year is “Food and Culture.”

Oct. 22 *A Talk and Taste of Slow Food

Lori Weber (Political Science)
Trinity 100, 5-6:30 p.m

A discussion of the Slow Food movement in the context of globalization. Discussion will be followed by a taste workshop with selected local foods from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of more than 200 culturally significant foods in danger of extinction.
Special Event

Oct. 29 *Feast and Famine: One Thousand Years of Russian Food

A Humanities Center talk with Darra Goldstein (Russian, Williams College)
Trinity 100 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception.

Darra Goldstein is the Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. She has published numerous books and articles on literature, culture, art, and cuisine, and has organized several exhibitions, including Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500–2005, at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She is also the author of four cookbooks: A Taste of Russia (nominated for a Tastemaker Award), The Georgian Feast (winner of the 1994 IACP Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The Winter Vegetarian, and Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (IACP award finalist). Goldstein has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity. Goldstein has also consulted for the Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York and served on the Board of Directors of IACP. She is currently Food Editor of Russian Life magazine and series editor of California Studies in Food and Culture. Her latest project is editing the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Sweets.

Feb. 17The Charm of the Unreadable and Untranslatable Fiction

The Chinese Obsession with James Joyce and Irish Literature
Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall (PAC 134), 7:30, reception to follow in PAC 132

Special guest and author Professor Congrong Dai will discuss China's fascination with her translation of James Joyce's novel, Finnegans Wake, and the unique complexities surrounding this exceptional Chinese translation.
Special Event

Feb. 19 *The Poetics of Ice Cream

A Talk by Sandra Gilbert (UC Davis)
PAC 134, 7:30

Like The Culinary Imagination, the book from which it is drawn, “The Poetics of Ice Cream” will explore the intersections between food and art: art about food, food as art, and food and art considered together as twin expressions of the complex, sometimes ambiguous commitment to pleasure that lurks at the heart of Western culture. How does food connect with other elements of culture? What does what we eat, and what we think, say, and feel about what we eat, say about us? As Bill Buford once remarked—a remark that Gilbert chose as an epigraph for her witty and very entertaining book—“One of the great charismas of food is that it’s about culture and grandmothers and death and art and self-expression and family and society­ and at the same time, it’s just dinner.”

 “A warm, lively inquiry into the social, political, ethical and aesthetic meanings of “food, glorious food!” —Kirkus Review on The Culinary Imagination

Feb. 26 *Barolo: A Culinary Education in Italy

with Matthew Gavin Frank
Colusa Hall 100B, 7:30 pm

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo, the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks.  His essay collection/cookbook, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, is forthcoming November 2015 from W.W. Norton: Liveright.  He teaches at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North.  This winter, he tempered his gin with two droplets (per 750ml) of tincture of odiferous whitefish liver.  For health.

This event is supported by the CSU-Chico Humanities Center, Writer's Voice, and by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.