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Topic of Culinary Justice Resonates With Audience

First Program of 2021 Draws over 380


On January 14 at 6 p.m., over 380 people registered for our virtual conversation “Culinary Justice: Exploring Cultural Resilience Through the History of Food.” Panelists included award-winning culinary writer Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South,” and Lavada Nahon, a culinary historian, educator, and independent scholar, who is the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation’s first Interpreter of African American History.

They discussed the issue of cultural lineage through the history of food. JHC trustee and environmental writer Lori Fontanes moderated their conversation as they examined how the identities and traditions of enslaved women and men have tenaciously survived for centuries through oral histories and recipes that are not always given appropriate attribution, documentation, or examination. How can understanding the “botanical birthplace” of the food we grow help us better understand our complicated American heritage?


An Evening with Samantha Power

The Jay Heritage Center (JHC) will host a virtual conversation with Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the United Nations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, on February 9th at 6 p.m. President-elect Joe Biden recently picked Power, to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Power will talk about her best-selling memoir “The Education of an Idealist,” which President Obama called “a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.” Called by Forbes “a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy” when it named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” Power has been recognized as a leading voice internationally for principled American engagement in the world. She has been named as one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and has twice been selected as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.” REGISTER HERE



Our 2021 Calendar

American History, Social Justice, Sustainability & more

We have a vibrant slate of 2021 programs, which include two Pulitzer Prize-winners, bestselling historians, and acclaimed culinary writers. The schedule to date is here – check back for exciting additions and updates.

Save Even More Dates….

February 11 at 7pm: GRETCHEN SORIN, Driving While Black. REGISTER HERE

February 23 at 6pm: THOMAS E. RICKS, First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country. REGISTER HERE

Read more here about last year’s event.

March 8 at 6pm: AMANDA FOREMAN, The World Made by Women. Register REGISTER HERE.

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