Food and Communication will focus on the idea that food is a medium, a cultural vehicle that transports and is transportable and transportive. We will analyze food in relation to: diaspora, community formation, ethnicity and immigration, translation. An over-arching question to which we will continually return is whether there can be communication between high cuisine, artisanal production practices and other culinary arts and solving the problems of food insecurity and inequality. This 360 will pursue the notion that conceiving of food culturally is essential to providing food security for all.
In this cluster we approach Shakespeare as both a way of responding creatively to the contemporary world and as a way to create community and a context for learning. We will consider strategies of performance and pedagogy as tools to come to know the local landscape of the city of Philadelphia--and the particular terrain of its schools--and the global community of scholars and students of performance. In all of our work, we will pay particular attention to the landscape in crisis: the theme of the perturbed natural world in King Lear, the educational and social crisis of impoverished urban schools, and the crisis of the text in contemporary Shakespeare production.