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Southern Foodways Alliance Kicks Off 21st Fall Symposium

The best way to combine the South’s evolving culinary scene and extensive literature is through the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA)— a member-supported organization based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

This year will mark the 21st fall symposium, which is from Oct. 11-13. The symposium is hosted in Oxford by The University of Mississippi.

Photo courtesy of Southern Foodways Alliance.

This year’s event,“Reading Food: From Menus to Soap Operas to Novels,” hosts novelist Monique Truong, author of “Bitter in the Mouth”, who will speak of Lafcadio Hearn, the chronicler of Japan and New Orleans; novelist Randall Kenan, who has lovingly chronicled his North Carolina postage stamp, will speak from the porch at Faulkner’s Rowan Oak about Ralph Ellison’s use of the yam as a symbol in the novel Invisible Man; Zandria Robinson, who teaches at Rhodes College and describes herself as a “Dirty South black feminist” and a “Zora-type ethnographer” will serve as your Symposium coach.

FA members may purchase tickets at the discounted price of $700; non-members may purchase tickets for $800.

For travel planning purposes, note that the symposium begins with registration on Thursday afternoon, October 11, and concludes after dinner on Saturday night, October 13.

For more information on this year’s SFA or tickets, visit 2018 Southern Foodways Fall Symposium.

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