Culinary Tales: Six@Six lecture is food for thought March 5 at the Carnegie

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Monday – Feb. 24, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Mel Brooks used comedy to tell the history of the world. Jonathon Reynolds will use food.

What took Brooks two movies, parts one and two, Dr. Reynolds will do in an hour when his lecture, “Every Bite a Taste of History: How Food Enriches our Understanding of the World,” tells humankind’s story by discussing what we’ve eaten over the centuries and why.

Almost everything we eat is a result of a long and complex history of interactions between humans, the environment, and one another. Racing across 10 millennia, Reynolds will examine technology, gender, crop domestication, and long-distance trade as they relate to the world's rich and diverse history and food.

“Food offers a unique perspective on human history because it moves and changes, and in so doing it complicates and confounds our notions of a simple and linear World History. Plus, everybody eats, so it's easy to make it comparative,” said Reynolds, a professor of history at Northern Kentucky University. “Arguably, two of the most significant events in human history, the development of sedentary agriculture and the Columbian Exchange, are both food-related.

The Columbian Exchange – in case it’s been a few years since your last world history class – was the end of centuries of  isolation between the Old World and the New after 1492. Exploration, trade, and immigration exposed one set of cultures to another, as food was exchanged, along with customs, religions, languages, technologies, and diseases.

About the lecture

  • Part of NKU’s Six@Six Lectures, “Every Bite” will be presented Wednesday, March 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. at The Carnegie in Covington.
  • Dr. Reynolds will speak for about 60 minutes, then take questions.
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  • Tickets are $6. All students (P-12 and college) are free with a valid student I.D., but a ticket is required.
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Lecture bonus
This lecture has a special portion, “A Global Food Tasting: Taste of the World Buffet.” The buffet is a tasting of the foods that will highlighted in the lecture. The tasting will be from 5-6 p.m. A lecture ticket is required to attend but there is no additional charge.

About Professor Reynolds

Dr. Jonathan Reynolds teaches courses in African and World History at NKU, as well Historical Methods and various courses in the Honors program, including "World History through a Dozen Meals." He has been widely published in journals and coauthored several books on history. Reynolds taught at Livingstone College in North Carolina before coming to NKU.

About Six@Six

The Six@Six Lecture Series, now in its fourth season, is sponsored by the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which works to connect the campus and community. Six@Six partners include the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, the Campbell County Public Library, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati, The Carnegie in Covington, and the Baker-Hunt Foundation in Covington. Each partner hosts one or more of this season’s 14 lectures. The full season can be viewed online at

About the venue

The Carnegie is an original partner with NKU for Six@Six. The center is located at 1028 Scott Blvd. in Covington. Its mission is to provide an extraordinary venue for the arts and arts education is made possible through the generosity of individuals, private foundations and businesses in our community.” The Carnegie is located in an iconic building, originally constructed in 1904 as a Carnegie Library. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places It is one of only a few remaining Carnegie Libraries in the United States with a full-scale auditorium. The library reopened in 1972 at a community arts and cultural center.

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