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Africana Studies Minor Kennedy Rawls Discusses the Politics of Cuisine in Black Nationalism Movement

“What I learned about cooking and food through my family is the importance of women and the survival of food traditions and simply to have the patience to learn, memorize, and balance flavor to create a beautiful dish.”

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Soul Food Combines All of America’s Flavors, Experts Say

Kenyatta Ashford fondly remembers family dinners from his childhood in Louisiana as “like a hug.”

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Makin’ Bacon: History Class in Hog Heaven Sampling Cured Meats

What started as “one giant hunk of pork” turned into a taste testing for a group of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students.

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March 31: A Conversation about Black Cuisine with Adrian Miller, Kenyatta Ashford, and Nicole Brown

On Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m., the UTC History Department and Africana Studies Program welcome special guests Adrian Miller, James Beard Award winner, and Kenyatta Ashford, Chef at Chattanooga’s Neutral Ground, for A Conversation about Black Cuisine. This will be a conversation-style event moderated by Nicole Brown, a community leader and award-winning producer.

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Dr. Mark Johnson’s Talk on “The Bacon Paradox” on 3/12

A culinary historian presents an exploration of bacon – its history, social status, concerns about health, and much more.

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A cure for bacon? Preserving Southern food and history

Mark Johnson likes bacon. He has always had an interest in history, too. In “Food and Southern History,” Johnson, a lecturer in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of History, gets to combine those passions.

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The Slave Trade & Capitalism — A Conversation with Prof. Joshua D. Rothman

More news on the Slave Trade & Capitalism — A Conversation with Prof. Joshua D. Rothman.

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Faculty News and Updates Fall 2021

The UTC Department of History is comprised of distinguished faculty members whose scholarship and teaching contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a variety of fields. Check out some of their recent accomplishments here.

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Mark Johnson’s Book

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Johnson, lecturer in the UTC Department of History, on the publication of his book Rough Tactics: Black Performance in Political Spectacles, 1877-1932 (University Press of Mississippi, 2021).

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Event on 2/8 – Slimming Down Soul Food with Dr. Mark Johnson

The Africana Studies Program invites you to participate in this semester’s Lunch Talk Series showcasing Faculty Research. Dr. Mark Johnson, UTC Department of History, presents Slimming Down Soul Food: A Study of African American Cookbooks. Monday, February 8, 2021, 12:00-1:00, Zoom.

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Mocs Move Forward: A Discussion and Application of Diversity in Healthcare Highlights

Highlights from Mocs Move Forward: A Discussion and Application of Diversity in Healthcare with Dr. Julia Cummiskey and Dr. Mark Johnson.

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Mocs Move Forward 8/31: A Discussion and Application of Diversity in Healthcare

Mocs Move Forward 8/31: A Discussion and Application of Diversity in Healthcare with Dr. Julia Cummiskey and Dr. Mark Johnson

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Highlights from Workshop on the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

See student reactions and highlights from the simulation workshop that showed the impact of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment between 1932-1972 and taught students about racism in the medical profession.

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Bringing History into the Community

Dr. Mark Johnson brings history to the next generation.

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History Faculty and Students Featured in CAS Video

History Department faculty Susan Eckelmann Berghel, Mark Johnson, and Mike Thompson, as well as their students, were featured in a new video that provides an overview of the UTC College of Arts & Sciences.

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