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"Sobremesa Festival"

A conference held on May 20, 2016 at the City College of New York. Click here to view our Sobremesa Festival video!

 

 

Hosted at the City College of New York

 

160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031

The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY is proud to announce its fifth annual conference Sobremesa: Mexican Food & Ideas. Sobremesa Festival is a day-long Mexican food and ideas event that seeks to encourage conversations about fields-to-table culture, fair-food movements and gastronomic explorations within Mexico and the United States.

Our Sobremesa Festival has three components: Talks, Pop-Up Market and Food Hall. Attendees will listen to food experts and leaders in Mexican gastronomy, food industry, academics and activism, experience the flavors, colors, textures, sounds and smells of a Mexican pop-up market and try new foods while engaging with the rituals of Mexican cuisine.

Sobremesa Festival is a Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY initiative created in collaboration with various community-based organizations that are already promoting cultural, educational, and social programming for the Mexican community in the United States.Sobremesa

Program Details:

9:00am-9:30am:  Breakfast

9:30am-10:00am:  Welcome, Intros and Opening Remarks

  • Alonso Gorozpe, Planner of Sobremesa Festival
  • Alyshia Gálvez, Director, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies and Associate Professor at Lehman College in the Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies
  • Lisa S. Coico, College President, City College of New York
  • Jaime Lucero, President of Gold Silver
  • Alexia Nunez, Consul for Community Affairs, Consulate General of Mexico
  • CCNY Dream Team Student Welcome

10:00am -10:45am:   Panel 1 - Is "free trade" making us sick

  • Panel co-moderated by Nicholas Freudenberg and Alyshia Gálvez
  • Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy. He directs the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. He is the author of the 2014 book, Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption and Protecting Public Health.
  • Alyshia Gálvez is the director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY. Author of two books on Mexican immigration in New York, she is a cultural and medical anthropologist and associate professor of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College/CUNY. She is currently researching changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico and Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications.

10:45am-11:15am:  The Changing Mexican Family Meal

  • Presentation by Miriam Bertran Vilà
  • Miriam Bertran Vilà is a professor, nutriologist and social anthropologist form la Universidad Autonoma de México Xochimilco in México City. Her research focuses on sociocultural factors that determine nutrition and its impact on health.

11:15am-12:15pm:  Keynote speech: Reclaim your culture through food

  • Keynote presentation by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel authors of Decolonize Your Diet
  • Luz Calvo is a professor of Latino/a Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Food Justice, and Ethnic Studies at California State University.
  • Catriona Rueda Esquibel is a specialist in gender studies and currently teaches courses in Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University.

12:15pm-1:30pm:  Lunch

1:30pm-3:00pm: Workshop 1: Public Food benefits and health in the Mexican Community in New York by The New York City Food Policy Center

1:30pm-2:00pm:  Mexican Food Visitors and Authenticity in Early Mexican Chicago

  • Presentation by Michael Innis-Jimenez
  • Michael Innis-Jimenez is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the Universty of Alabama. He is author of Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago (New  York University Press, 2013). He is currently working on two book projects: Chicago’s Little Mexico: Food, Tourism, and Cultural Identity Between the Wars and The Latino South: A History of Migration and Race in Pursuit of the American Dream.

2:00pm-2:30pm:  Discovering my roots through Food

  • Presentation by Zarela Martinez
  • Born in the Sonoran border town of Agua Prieta, Zarela Martinez is a renowned cultural interpreter between Mexico and the United States through the medium of food. For 23 years her eponymous restaurant “Zarela” set standards of authenticity among New York Mexican restaurants. She wrote the pioneering cookbooks Food from My Heart, The Food and Life of Oaxaca, and Zarela’s Veracruz, the last published in conjunction with her public television series ¡Zarela! La Cocina Veracruzana.

2:30pm-3:00pm:  Taco Literacy in the Nuevo New South

  • Presentation by Steven Jimenez
  • Steven Alvarez is assistant professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He just finished teaching an undergraduate course called “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South.¨ You can see images of the class on Instagram #tacoliteracy.

3:00pm-3:30pm: Workshop 2: Resources for Dacamented/Undocumented Students . By CCNY´s Dream Team

3:00pm-3:30pm:  The Future of the Tortilla in NY

  • Presentation by Lesley Tellez
  • Lesley Téllez is a journalist, culinary tour expert and Mexican cookbook author living in New York City. Her book Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets and Fondas, was published in June 2015 by Kyle Books, and was an Amazon bestseller.

3:30pm-5:00pm: Workshop 3: Basic steps to open a food business. By Qualitas of Life Foundation

3:30pm-4:15pm:  Panel 2 - Why is there a Worldwide Mexican Food Boom and how can it benefit the Mexican Community in Mexico and the U.S.?

  • Panel moderated by Alyshia Gálvez
  • Alyshia Gálvez is the director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY. Author of two books on Mexican immigration in New York, she is a cultural and medical anthropologist and associate professor of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College/CUNY. She is currently researching changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico and Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications.

4:15pm-5:00pm:  Panel 3 - What is the role of Mexicans in the food industry in NY and how can it improve?

  • Panel moderated by Gonzalo Gout
  • Gonzalo Gout is the General Manager at Cosme, the critically acclaimed contemporary Mexican restaurant. He is currently in the process of opening up his own business, Verde, a fast casual restaurant in the Flatiron District.

5:00pm-5:15pm:  Coffee Break

5:15pm-6:00pm:  CUNY Becas Scholarship Award Ceremony

  • Speakers: Don Jaime Lucero, Carlos Menchaca

6:00pm-6:15pm:  Closing


This conference has the support of Lehman College, City College of New York, CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Jay Hershenson and the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative.