Trine Humanities Symposia to bite into food traditions

Trine University’s spring Humanities Symposia will begin with a discussion about food traditions on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Wells Theatre, Taylor Hall.

In this first symposium, Allison Witte, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication, will explore why people eat what they eat and how “foodways,” the study of where food traditions come from and how culture affects food, may hold the answer. Witte will focus on “desperation pies,” including Indiana’s state pie, sugar cream. Through the presentation, she will discuss what we can learn from the stories of the foods we love.

The free talks, scheduled each Tuesday through April 11, are open to everyone. Trine students get CHAT credit for attending. Talks usually last about 30 minutes and are followed by a time for questions.

For more information about the Humanities Symposia, contact Sarah Young, Ph.D., at or 260.665.4849.