In conjunction with the exhibit Divine Intervention: African Art & Religion, Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum stages a Yam Festival this week. Featured chefs include Billy Allin, Scott Peacock, and Steven Satterfield. Featured speakers anchor Tuesday and Friday, as below:
Tuesday, October 4: Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Curator of African Art, will talk about the yam festivals of Ghana and Nigeria and the importance of the yam in the ritual and daily life of the people of West Africa. Dancers and drummers from Giwayen Mata will perform and lead a yam festival procession to the Emory Farmers’ Market where farmers will offer many varieties of locally grown yams and sweet potatoes.
Friday, October 7: Dr. Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian and author of The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent and High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America, will give a talk titled "Those Aren’t Yams, Those Are Sweet Potatoes: Culinary Confusion in the African-Atlantic World."