Christopher Carter, “The Spirit of Soul Food”: Book Talk and Food demonstration

by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative

Tue, Nov 29, 2022 | 5:30 PM – 7 PM PST (GMT-8)

Soul food has played a critical role in preserving Black history, community, and culinary genius. It is also a response to--and marker of--centuries of food injustice. Given the harm that our food production system inflicts upon Black people, what should soul food look like today?

Christopher Carter's answer to that question merges a history of Black American foodways with a Christian ethical response to food injustice. Carter reveals how racism and colonialism have long steered the development of US food policy. The very food we grow, distribute, and eat disproportionately harms Black people specifically and people of color among the global poor in general. Carter reflects on how people of color can eat in a way that reflects their cultural identities while remaining true to the principles of compassion, love, justice, and solidarity with the marginalized.

Meet Christopher and enjoy a meal celebrating the power of soul food, with commentary by Chef Jessica VanRoo.

Christopher Carter is an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego, and a pastor within the United Methodist Church.

Location Detail: 

Anteater Recreational Center (ARC), Anteater Test Kitchen, 2nd Floor

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, United States