Date & Time
May 11, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Online, Live Captioning
Join Lifetime Learning and faculty from UVA’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to explore how food plays a significant part in the cultural survival and affirmation of two Indigenous communities. Christian McMillen, professor in the Corcoran Department of History, will moderate the event and share information about UVA’s Indigenous Studies working group.
Sonia Alconini, the David A. Harrison III Professor of American Archaeology, will explore Inka cuisine and identity construction in the Inka empire’s fringes in South America. Kasey Jernigan, assistant professor of anthropology and American studies, will share how shifting patterns of participation in food assistance programs have shaped foodways among Native American women in Oklahoma.
Professor, Corcoran Department of History and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Christian W. McMillen is a professor in the Corcoran Department of History and the associate dean for the social sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. McMillen researches the history of epidemic disease and American Indian history. He is the author of three books, including Discovering Tuberculosis: A Global History, 1900 to the Present (Yale University Press), and Pandemics (Oxford University Press).
David A. Harrison III Professor of American Archaeology, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Sonia Alconini is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the rise of sociopolitical complexity in ancient pre-Columbian societies. Originally from Bolivia, Alconini has researched the Andes for several decades. She is particularly interested in exploring the Inka empire’s frontiers and the ways these contested spaces affected the dynamics of ancient borderland populations.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Kasey Jernigan is a critical medical anthropologist whose research focuses on obesity (and related chronic conditions) at the intersections of issues related to structural violence, historical trauma, heritage narratives, and meaning-making among Indigenous communities in Oklahoma. Using collaborative and participatory methods, Jernigan’s research examines the socio-cultural, economic, political, and historical influences of health, while centering tribal citizens’ personal stories and meaning-making in these processes.
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