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New Orleans, LA

From Field to Fork in New Orleans

SST 598

Dates: January 2-6, 2023 on campus; January 7-13, 2023, in New Orleans, LA*

Credit Hours: 3

Instructors: Dr. Catarina Passidomo, Associate Professor of Southern Studies and Anthropology

Course Fee: $1,300 plus tuition

Application Deadline: November 10, 2022

*Itinerary subject to change. Students should wait to make travel arrangements until after confirming dates and times with instructors.

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  • Discuss the study of food, and the connections between food and place.
  • Consider and critique narratives of Southern food and Creole/Cajun food.
  • Visit Whitney Plantation to experience a connection to the enslaved population of the American South and their impact on Southern foodways.
  • Tour the Crescent City Farmers Market to get closer to the source of food.
  • Take a cooking class and prepare a meal at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
  • Explore the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
  • Prior to traveling to New Orleans, participate in a week of courses on the Oxford campus to lay the foundations for the course.

Student will meet from January 2 until January 7 in Oxford, followed by travel to New Orleans between January 8 and 13. The instructor will determine time and location of Oxford meetings and notify participants closer to the meeting dates.

Anthropology, African American Studies, History, Sociology, and Southern Studies majors and minors may find this course of interest. The course may also be attractive to students with interests in Southern Foodways, interdisciplinary scholarship, culture, and/or identity.

In order to register for SST 598, students must have completed at least 60 hours of credit and either:

  • Have successfully completed a 100-level Southern Studies course, or
  • Received permission from the instructor

Students have the option of traveling to New Orleans via van with the instructor. Students electing to travel on their own should arrive in New Orleans by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 8. Students can depart beginning in the afternoon of Friday, January 13. Travel in New Orleans related to the course will also be provided.

The Study USA program fee is $1,300. Included in the program fee are housing, ground transportation to New Orleans, tours, museum admissions, class activities, and group meals. Excluded from the cost are tuition, most meals, and personal spending money.