Stories from the Stacks: Abenaki Community Cookbooks as Rhetorical Acts of Survivance
April 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library
University of Vermont
For the second Stories from the Stacks presentation this spring, Libby Miles will talk about two Abenaki community cookbooks that demonstrate strategies of survivance (survival + resistance). The cookbooks, published in 1999 and 2008, employ community-building strategies of approachability and inclusivity, offer instruction in Native ways, and highlight the role of foraging, hunting and cultivating to support indigenous food sovereignty.
Libby Miles is Associate Professor of English and the Director of Foundational Writing and Information Literacy at the University of Vermont. She has been long interested in food and travel writing as a both a teaching and personal passion. Her previous publications have appeared in JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics; College Composition and Communication; College English; Journal of College Science Teaching; and a variety of edited collections. Her current research considers discourses of spirituality in food narratives.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 656-2138.