The 2018 Southern Foodways Alliance Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to recently retired American Studies professor, Dr. Marcie Cohen Ferris.
Marcie Cohen Ferris, a native of Blytheville, Arkansas, who has done transformative work at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in Utica, Mississippi, published genre-defining books, framed public dialogues about food and identity, and helped pioneer the food studies discipline. She has defined the possibilities of her work this way: “The study of foodways…addresses a central issue in the humanities: how do we connect the great dramas of history with the lives of ordinary people.” – Southern Foodways Alliance
Ferris will be honored at the 2018 Southern Foodways Fall Symposium, October 11–13, 2018 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi.
Read more about Dr. Ferris’ work here:
- Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (UNC Press, 2005)
- The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region, (UNC Press, 2014)
- Southern Cultures, guest editor (2015)
- AMST 410/498: ”Carolina Cooks, Carolina Eats”
- AMST 375: “Food & American Studies“