Dr. Witte makes history of desperation pies as simple as, well, pie


On February 28, HAC professor Dr. Alison Witte presented as part of the Spring 2017 Humanities Symposia with her talk “’It’s Just Pie’: What Food Can Tell Us about History and Culture.”

A large number of students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The video above is her complete talk with the question and answer discussion that followed. For a more detailed description of the talk, see below.

Why do you eat what you eat? Foodways, the study of where food traditions come from and how culture affects food, may hold the answer. In this presentation, Dr. Witte will focus on “desperation pies”, including Indiana’s state pie—sugar cream. Through the presentation, she will discuss what we can learn from the stories of the foods we love.


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