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CANCELED: Author Event | Charles Ludington and Margot Finn: Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates


Saturday April 11, 2020: 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room


Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Washtenaw Literacy’s ESL conversation groups focus on speaking and listening skills for adults in an informal, relaxed setting. TOEFL preparation is also available.

Food Fights: How History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates uses a historical lens to explore many themes and tensions that define how we understand our food.  Join us as two of the book's contributors, Charles Ludington and Margot Finn, summarize their respective chapters on how social class does or does not determine most of what we choose to eat and drink.  They will then turn to questions from the audience about the taste for food, genetic engineering, Big Ag, Food Safety, the Farm Bill, who should be doing the cooking, and much else besides.

Charles Ludington received his undergraduate history degree from Yale University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He has published essays on the Huguenot diaspora in Ireland, British and Irish political thought in the late-Stuart era, the history of wine consumption in Britain from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, and the role of Irish wine merchants in the transformation of Bordeaux wine into a luxury product. His first book, The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History (2013, paperback 2016), used wine consumption as a window onto English, Scottish, and British political culture from Cromwell to Queen Victoria. 

Margot Finn has a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches classes on food, obesity, and liberal education the Applied Liberal Arts division. Her first book is Discriminating Taste: How Class Anxiety created the Food Revolution (Rutgers UP), which won the 2018 prize for best first book from the Association for the Study of Food and Society. Her writing has also appeared on Slate, Vox, and in the Breakthrough Journal.

This event includes a signing with books for sale.