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State of the Plate, the ninth meeting of the Navigating the Global American South conference and the first to examine foodways, convened in late March to examine southern foodways, histories, economies, and more.

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“State of the Plate” at UNC’s FedEd Global Education Center delved into the pressing complexities of southern foodways, past and present. Art by Tripp Tuttle.

Speakers engaged the role of Lumbee Indians in contributing to core southern food traditions; to the social significance of white bread; to the dominance of corn in southern foodways and economies.

For more, including the panelist assertion that the South has “no fine dining experience,” take a look at this wonderful writeup from UNC Global’s Shannon Harvey.

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