FOC's 2nd Thursday Lecture Series: Feeding New Orleans with Jeanne K. Firth

Second Thursday Lecture Series: Feeding New Orleans with Jeanne K. Firth

Thu, Feb 15, 2024
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CDT
Virtual Events

(Please note this month's Second Thursday Lecture will occur on the third Thursday to not conflict with Carnival celebrations.)

Join us for a virtual evening with Jeanne K. Firth as she discusses her recent book Feeding New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2023). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cabildo as part of the Second Thursday Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program will take place on Zoom. 

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About the Book

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many high-profile chefs in New Orleans pledged to help their city rebound from the flooding. Several formed their own charitable organizations, including the John Besh Foundation, to help revitalize the region and its restaurant scene. A year and a half after the disaster when the total number of open restaurants eclipsed the pre-Katrina count, it was embraced as a sign that the city itself had survived, and these chefs arguably became the de facto heroes of the city's recovery. Meanwhile, food justice organizations tried to tap into the city's legendary food culture to fundraise, marketing high-end dining events that centered these celebrity chefs.

About the Author

Jeanne K. Firth holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was on the founding staff team of Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, a food justice organization which is now the largest urban farm in the city. In Feeding New Orleans, Firth documents the growth of celebrity humanitarianism, viewing the phenomenon through the lens of feminist ethnography to understand how elite philanthropy is raced, classed, and gendered. As she examines this particular flavor of elite, celebrity-based philanthropy, Firth illuminates the troubled relationships between consumerism, food justice movements, and public-private partnerships in development and humanitarian aid.

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