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Thursday, 17 June 2021, 11:40 (11:40 AM) CDT, day 168 of 2021
BBC Food
Wikipedia: Food | Food and drink | Food culture | Food history | Food Portal |
Wikipedia Categories: Food and Drink | History of Food and Drink | Historical Foods |
World Clock Cf.: Food Production and Animal Slaughter
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"Palermo, Sicily
Italy
A Fistful of Rice.
A Fistfull of Rice
Nepal
Claire Kathleen Roufs eating first food at 5 months.
Claire Kathleen Roufs
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Eating rat.
"Eating Rat At
The New Year
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Vietnam
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Desert People, boy eating "grub worm"
Desert People
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Text Assignments Summary

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 Semester Calendar f2021

 Major Due Dates

 Video Schedule

 Slides Schedule

All readings are from the textbooks listed on the Class Textbook WebPage

REM: The Midterm Exam and the Final Exam are open-book / open-notes exams

Before you begin to look at the textbooks,
see the note about the exams on the Class Textbook WebPage


   

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Week 1 —
Introduction to Anthropology / Orientation to the Course:
"Setting the Anthropological Table"
29 August - 4 September 2021

     
 
  • Eating Culture, Second Edition, Gillian Crowther

    • INTRODUCTION, "SETTING THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL TABLE"
    • Glossary page through the Glossary on pp. 301-312 and familiarize yourelf with the terms
 
   

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Week 2 —
"Omnivorousness: Defining Food"

5 - 11 September 2021

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • Ch. 15 "The forager"
    • Ch. 16 "The omnivore's dilemma"
    • Ch. 17 "The ethics of eating animals"

    (We're starting this book here, with Michael Pollan's discussion of "The forager" and "The ethics of eating animals" as next Week we begin having a closer look at hunting / gathering / foraging as a way people get their food in nonindustrialized societies)

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Assignments start in Week 4)
 
   

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Week 3 —
"Settled Ingredients: Domestic Food Production"
Hunting / Gathering / Foraging and the Emergence of Food Production
12 - 18 September 2021

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • Ch. 18 "Hunting: the meat"
    • Ch. 19 "Gathering: the fungi"
    • Ch. 20 "The perfect meal"

    (We're continuing this book here, with Michael Pollan's discussion of Hunting and Gathering, and in Ch. 2 of Eating Culture we have a closer look at hunting / gathering /foraging as a way people get their food in nonindustrialized societies)

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Assignments start in Week 4)
 
   

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Week 4 —
"Mobile Ingredients: Global Food Production"
19 - 25 September 2021

     
   
   

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Week 5 —
"Cooks and Kitchens"
6 September - 2 October 2021

     
   
   

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Week 6 —
"Recipes and Dishes"
3 - 9 October 2021

 
 


Review for Midterm Exam

f2021 Midterm Exam Submitted Question Due by the end of Week 4, Saturday, 25 September 2021

Early next week you can review the questions and my comments there, and use them as study questions

f2021 The Anthropology of Food Midterm Exam will be available Week 6, from 12:01 Monday, 4 October 2021 to 11:59 p.m. (10:00 p.m. starting time), Saturday, 9 October 2021

 
     
 

For after the Midterm Exam

  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • "Introduction: our national eating disorder"
    • Ch. 1 "The plant: corn's conquest"
    • Ch. 2 "The farm"
    • Ch. 3 "The elevator"
    • Ch. 4 "The feedlot: making meat"

    (We're starting this book here, with Michael Pollan's discussion of "The forager" and "The ethics of eating animals" as next Week we begin having a closer look at hunting / gathering / foraging as a way people get their food in nonindustrialized societies)

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Review)
 
   
 
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Week 7 —
"Eating-In: Commensality and Gastro-Politics"

10 - 16 October 2021

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • Introduction: our national eating disorder
    • Ch. 5 "The processing plant : making complex foods"
    • Ch. 6 "The consumer: a republic of fat"
    • Ch. 7 "The meal: fast food"

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Review)
 
   

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Week 8
"Eating-Out and Gastronomy"

17 - 23 October 2021

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • Ch. 8 "All flesh is grass"
    • Ch. 9 "Big Organic"
    • Ch. 10 "Grass: thirteen ways of looking at a pasture"
    • Ch. 11 "The animals: practicing complexity"

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Review)
 
   

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Week 9 —
"Gastro-Anomie: Global Indigestion?"
24 - 30 October 2021

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • Ch. 12, "Slaughter: in a glass abattoir"
    • Ch. 13, "The market: 'greetings from non-barcode people'"
    • Ch. 14, "The meal: grass-fed"

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Review)
 
     
 
Fall Break

28-29 October 2021

 
   

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Week 10 —
"Local Digestion: Making the Global at Home"
31 October - 6 November 2021

     
   
   

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Week 11 —
Epilogue: Leftovers to Takeaway
7 - 13 November 2021

Presentation Primer

     
   
   

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Week 12 —
14 - 20 November 2021


     
   
 
Work on Readings for Your Project


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Week 13 —
21 - 27 November 2021

Term Paper Review

     
   
 
Work on Readings for Your Term Paper
(which is due next week)
 
 


Ketchup bottle.

Catch Up / Review / Preview


 Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food
The Language of Food
 
   

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Week 14 —
28 November - 4 December 2021

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • Ch. 12, "Slaughter: in a glass abattoir"
    • Ch. 13, "The market: 'greetings from non-barcode people'"
    • Ch. 14, "The meal: grass-fed"

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • (Review)
 
     
 

f2021 Final Exam Submitted Question due by the end of Week 14, by Saturday, 4 December 2021

f2021 Term Paper (up to 400 points) due by the end of Week 14, by Saturday, 4 December 2021

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

 
   

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Week 15 —
5 - 11 December 2021

Summary / Review
Course Evaluation
World Hunger and Other International and Global Food Issues
The Future of Food

     
 
  •  Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan

    • (Review)

  • The Language of Food, Dan Jurafsky

    • Ch. 12 "Does This Name Make Me Sound Fat? Why Ice Cream and Crackers Have Different Names"
    • Ch. 13 "Why the Chinese Don't Have Dessert"
    • "Epilogue"
 
 

 Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food
The Language of Food
 
     
 

Catch up, and Review for Final Exam

f2021 Extra Credit Paper(s) due by the end of Week 13, by Saturday, 27 November 2021

AVISO: Late Extra Credit Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

NOTE: The Canvas Gradebook entry for Extra Credit requires that “out of zero” be used when setting up an Extra Credit assignment.

 
   
 

f2021 The Anthropology of Food Final Exam will be available all of Final Exam Week, Monday, 13 December - Friday, 17 December 2021

 

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