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Suppressed Narratives: Oral History, Cookbooks, and Museums

October 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cooking books on a shelf

Have you ever wondered how you can preserve your family’s Southern cookbooks? What are the characteristics of Southern food across different regions? This panel examines the different factors that have shaped Southern cuisine over the years, the buried knowledge, and the role that museums can play in keeping Southern food alive.

October 20th, 2020 at 6:30 pm

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Meet the Moderator

Dr. Delia Steverson is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at the University of Florida. Her current book project explores the nuances of how race and disability inform Black identity in 19th and 20th century African American literature. She has published in The Journal of American Culture and The South Carolina Review. Currently, she is developing a biography and a reader on the late Delores Phillips, poet and author of The Darkest Child.

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Kathryn Dolan

Dr. Kathryn Dolan teaches U.S. literature at Missouri University of Science & Technology, focusing on food studies, global studies, and environmental criticisms. She has currently finished a project that researches the role of cattle in 19th-century US expansion as described in the literatures of the period. Cattle Country: Livestock in the Cultural Imagination will be published by University of Nebraska Press in June 2021. She is currently working on a book studying the global histories of breakfast cereal through Reaktion Press.

Vivian Filer

Vivian Filer is a Retired Professor of Nursing from Santa Fe College (formerly Santa Fe Community College) in Gainesville, FL. Her professional life entailed working in the Gainesville area first as a Nursing Assistant at Shands Teaching Hospital, followed by positions as an RN, Professor of Nursing and Interim Director of Health Sciences at Santa Fe College. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Education from Nova University and a Master of Nursing Degree from the University of South Florida. After her 26 years at Santa Fe College she retired and is now the CEO of a nonprofit museum and cultural center.

Filer has spent most of her life as a wife and mother of two sons and a grandmother of four grandchildren. Her hobbies include telling African American Stories and singing with the Washington Sisters, an A ‘Capella trio, along with her two sisters.

Dr. Porchia Moore

Dr. Porchia Moore is Department Head and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Florida in the School of Art + Art History. She is a Critical Race Scholar interrogating the role and function of race in museums and the cultural heritage sector. She is the co-creator of The Visitors of Color Project. Dr. Moore speaks internationally on issues of race, equity, and inclusion. She writes frequently on race, racial equity, and inclusion in museums and the cultural heritage sector. Her most recent publications include chapters in Editor Richard Sandell’s, “Museum Activism” published December 2019 and forthcoming chapters in several book and journal publications.

She presents regularly at museum conferences such as AAM, MCN, SEMC, Museums and the Web. She has several upcoming keynotes and presentations specifically addressing race, inclusion and the value of museums during Covid-19. Dr. Moore has served on numerous museum and museum professionals boards and committees such as the Juliette Gordon Lowe Birthplace and the Editorial Board Committee for ASALH. She previously served as Inclusion Catalyst at the Columbia Museum of Art where she also worked as consulting curator of African-American Art for the Spoken rotating art gallery. She served as project advisor for MASS Action, was one of the founding architects for Museums and Race. Her most critical role is serving as Critical Race Futurist for Incluseum where she assists in a multitude of functions such as Regular Contributing Writer and Project Advisor. She has partnered with museums nationally and internationally on education, training, and workshops on race and anti-racism in museums. You can follow her on Twitter @PorchiaMuseM.


October 20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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