Monday, October 24


Symposium week is officially here! If you can't join us in Oxford this weekend, follow the symposium action on Twitter (@potlikker) by searching for the hashtag #foodways.

We've got exciting news about our symposium programming for Sunday, October 30. The world premiere of Leaves of Greens: A Collard Opera will take place at 10 am at the Lyric Theater (just off the Oxford Square). Sunday morning of the symposium is free and open to the public, and we invite you to be our guest. 
Remarks by scholar Ed Davis will be followed by an original live operatic performance, composed by Price Walden and performed by the University of Mississippi opera students with support from the UM Department of Music. Nationally renowned designer Natalie Chanin will provide original costuming.

Dr. Ed Davis completed a master’s research thesis at UNC-Charlotte comparing migration rates to thirty metropolitan areas in the U.S. South. He then earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois-Urbana, where he studied cultural, political and social theory, and completed a dissertation on Americans’ perceptions of foreign countries. He is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography at Emory and Henry College, and is the author of a forthcoming book about the diffusion of collard greens as a cultural tradition in the U.S. South.

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is owner and designer of the American couture line Alabama Chanin and author of The Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style. Natalie has a Degree in Environmental Design from North Carolina State University and works simultaneously as designer, manufacturer, stylist, filmmaker, mother, artisan, cook, and collector of stories from her home in Florence, Alabama. Her designs for hand-sewn garments constructed using quilting and stitching techniques from the rural south have been lauded for both their beauty and sustainability.

Composer Price Walden is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi, where he is a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, and percussion ensemble. His diverse catalog includes works for wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, choir, and voice, as well as chamber works.