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Wheat! An Exploration of Cultural Expression with Scholars and Chefs in 3 Webinars

Everyone needs to eat, but what we eat, how we grow it, and how we prepare it is driven by culture, access to labor, climate, soil, markets, and more. The National Agricultural Library is hosting a three-part webinar series to explore the intersection between food, agriculture, and society, as a bridge to learning about world cultures.  Along the way, we hope to inspire the audience to try new flavors and wheat recipes. 

Resources:  Biographies | Recipes  | Bibliography

 

The events will be live-streamed and captioned.  They will be recorded.

Zoom Webinar Connection Information 

Join ZoomGov Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600887410 
Dial in #  +1 551 285 1373 US 
Meeting ID: 160 088 7410 

 

August 20, 2021. Wheat’s Importance to the World

1:30 to 2:30 pm ET

Program

Session Moderator: Scott Hanscom, Deputy Director of the USDA, National Agricultural Library

Drs. Felix Baquedano (international food security) and Andrew Sowell (domestic and international wheat markets), USDA-ERS
The team will discuss the global importance of wheat in markets and international food security.

Dr. Matt Rouse, USDA-ARS
2018 Borlaug Field Award – World Food Prize Foundation
To discuss his work in Africa combatting the UG99 wheat stem rust crisis.
 

Selected Recipe

University of Illinois Extension, “Pumpkin Pancakes,” available on Nutrition.gov, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Collection Highlight

Small Agriculture: A National Agricultural Library Digital Exhibit, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

August 27, 2021. Wheat in Global Cuisines

1:30 to 2:30 pm ET

Program

Session Moderator: Paul Wester, Director of the USDA, National Agricultural Library

Rachel Laudan, Food Historian and Author of the Award Winning and Highly Acclaimed Book, Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History
(Rachel Laudan – A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics)
To discuss wheat as the central grain in global cuisine and to serve as the chair for the chef panel.

Chef Panel

 

Selected Recipe

University of Massachusetts, Extension Nutrition Education Program, “5 A Day Bulgur Wheat,” available on MyPlate.gov, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Collection Highlight

From the Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection -- T.W. Wood & Sons Fall Catalogue, August 1899. Grass & Clover Seeds, Seed Wheat, Oats, Rye & Barley, Vegetable & Flower Seeds.  Hyacinths, Tulips, Lilies, etc., available through the USDA National Agricultural Library Collection on the Internet Archive.

September 3, 2021. Food Culture and Historical Legacies

1:30 to 2:30 pm ET

Program

Session Moderator: Paul Wester, Director of the USDA, National Agricultural Library

Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Food Historian, Educator, and Blogger
About The Food Historian
To discuss the role of women in the Women’s Land Army during World Wars I and II an under told story which saved wheat for our Allies and the troops.

Thomas Talhelm, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
To discuss his research on the impact of agricultural production practices on human societies viewing the differences between rice (collectivistic) versus wheat (individualistic) production in China.

 

Selected Recipe

Produce for Better Health Foundation, “Herbed Garden Pizza,” available on MyPlate.gov, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Collection Highlight

Special Collections Exhibit -- War Food Administration. Women’s Land Army Posters, available through the USDA National Agricultural Library Special Collections.