Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies presents Michael W. Twitty

January 17, 2019

The Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies proudly presents two events with Michael W. Twitty, author of the highly acclaimed book The Cooking Gene:

Book talk

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Mitchell Street Library
906 W. Historic Mitchell Street
Reservations required:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Panel discussion on The Cooking Gene with Michael W. Twitty
Moderated by Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek
Panelists: Portia Cobb, Jennifer Jordan, and Shahanna McKinney Baldon
UWM Golda Meir Library, 4th Floor
2311 E. Hartford Avenue

Both events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase from Boswell Book Company, and the author will be available to sign copies.

Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary and cultural historian and Judaic Studies teacher whose interests include food culture, food history, Jewish cultural issues, African American history, and cultural politics. He has spoken around the world on culinary justice and the African American impact on Southern foodways, and the complexities of his identity as a gay, African American, Jewish man. His book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, is the 2018 winner of two prestigious James Beard Awards: for Best Food Writing and Book of the Year. Michael’s second book, Kosher Soul, is scheduled for publication in late 2019.

Michael also has a noteworthy history with the Stahl Center, as the inaugural speaker for both the Stahl Center Distinguished Lecture Series and The Colors of Jewishness, an ongoing series of public events exploring the role of people of color (whether Jewish or not) in Jewish history, society, and culture. Michael’s 2019 visit is made possible by the generous support of Bader Philanthropies for this initiative.

Co-sponsored by: The Milwaukee Public Library and UWM’s: Centers: 21st Century Studies, Black Cultural Center, LGBT Resource Center, Departments of African & African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Geography, History, and Sociology

Programs: Cultures and Communities, Food Studies, LGBT Studies, and Religious Studies.