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Summer Teachers Institute in the Humanities

Summer Teachers Institute in the Humanities
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Time: Jul 9th, 9:00 am End: Jul 13th, 5:00 pm
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A weeklong workshop for secondary school teachers on the topic of Food

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to present:

Summer Teachers Institute in the Humanities

9-13 July 2012


The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to partner with Continuing Education, OISE/UT to present a weeklong opportunity for secondary school teachers to reconnect with the leading edge in humanities scholarship as JHI Teaching Fellows.  The JHI supports creative interdiscipinary humanities research across the University of Toronto and forges links with the wider intellectual community. This summer, we are piloting a project for teachers to learn with some of the University's leading scholars and enhance their own teaching.

The Summer Teachers Institute will offer an intensive week of interdisciplinary study around next year's annual theme:  Food.

Four days of intensive study, reading, discussion, exploration, and tasting with University of Toronto Faculty Members in the Humanities Andrea Most (English) and Robert Davidson (Spanish & Portuguese).

Featuring Keynote Speaker
Margaret Visser
Thinking about Food: the Fruitful, the Meaty, the Hard to Digest
Workshops featuring hands-on cooking and tastings, readings, and group presentations

Andrea Most (English)
Cook the Books
Literature and food have a long and tasty relationship. This mini-course will focus on select modern literary representations of growing, preparing, and eating food.  We will analyze how texts represent “good” food from three different perspectives:  aesthetic (“this food tastes really good!”), health (“this food is good for you”) and ethics (“this food is good and eating it is not a sin”). Cook the Books combines literary analysis with hands-on cooking presentations, giving students a glimpse into the ways in which language, stories, and taste intersect in the creation of cultural norms. 

Robert Davidson (Spanish & Portuguese)
Taste & Place: Local, Regional and National Identity through Food
In this mini-course, we will examine how food relates to changing conceptions of identity at different levels of one’s sense of affiliation. One of the primary lenses for this study will be the slippery notion of terroir (the taste of a place) and how this concept has been celebrated and co-opted as it has gained greater and greater purchase in food production and critics’ circles. While many of the references in the course will relate to Barcelona and Catalonia, our approach will be open-ended and will draw on other areas as well.

Schedule (Tentative: updates will be posted)


  Monday 9 July Tuesday 10 July Wednesday 11 July Thursday 12 July Friday 13 July


Welcome Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast

Keynote Address

Margaret Visser

Session 1
Cook the Books
Intro: Food and representation: ethics, aesthetics, health. Cookbooks as literature. How to Cook a Wolf
Session 2
Cook the Books
Food mythologies via children’s literature. Charlie  & the Chocolate Factory, Little House in the Big Woods.
Session 3
Cook the Books
Contemporary food systems, choices, telling stories, vegetarianism. The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Session 4
Cook the Books
Two-hour cooking class; final group presentations with tastings and class discussion.
12:30-2:00 Opening Banquet Lunch Lunch Lunch Closing Banquet
2:00-3:00 Session 1 
Taste & Place
Introduction to terroir. Experiencing food. The return to the rural in the 20th and 21st centuries
Session 2
Taste & Place
Bringing the country to the city, market revitalization projects, positioning locales to protect the “brand”.
Session 3
Taste & Place
Growing a better grape/bean.  Artisanal production, denominating origin. Wine/coffee/ chocolate tasting.
Session 4
Taste & Place
The future of terroir.  Molecular gastronomy and the food experiments of Ferran Adrià
5:00-6:00 Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time  
Optional Evening: Film Screening
Local Farmers Market




Download annoucement flyer (31 Jan. 2012) as [pdf]

Download finalized information [pdf]

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