Anthropology of Food Students Present Research at the Appalachian Teaching Conference

Posted on 12/13/2017 12:24:46 PM

On December 1 and 2, a delegation of students from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Anthropology of Food class attended the 17th annual Appalachian Teaching Project symposium in Washington, D.C. Supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, student teams from 13 participating colleges and universities in Appalachia developed applied research projects related to building a sustainable future for the Appalachian Region.

The 2017 ATP symposium featured 130 students representing 13 schools, including IUP, from 11 Appalachian states. Students from Professor Abigail Adams’s Anthropology of Food class presented their original research titled “Northern Appalachian Foodways Project.” NAFP is a collaboration between IUP students from the Anthropology of Food class and two community partners, Downtown Indiana Business Improvement District (DI) and the Food Co-Op of Indiana County. Students gathered local recipes and reflections on Northern Appalachian foods from residents of the region. This ethnographic food research will be publish in a cookbook. Proceeds from the cookbook will support food justice initiatives in our community by helping to support the newly established Food Co-op in our downtown. Read more here.

“Each year, the Appalachian Teaching Project brings together students from across the Region to share their research, work, and vision,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl. “These next-generation leaders are energetic and innovative and give a glimpse into Appalachia’s bright future.”

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