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Lunch and Learn: Chocolate and Gender through the Ages


Lunch and Learn:  Chocolate and Gender through the Ages

Thu May 9 12:10:00 2019

Sex in a Cup: Chocolate and Gender through the Ages

Kathryn Sampeck
Associate Professor of Anthopology
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Illinois State University

During the eighteenth century, chocolate moved from being a sporadic curiosity to a daily necessity not just across the Americas, but also across the Atlantic. That an American tropical cultivar became such a pervasive part of life in the colonial world is remarkable. A comparison of pre-Columbian with colonial archaeological and historical evidence in Central America shows that chocolate was increasingly characterized as a woman’s drink, food, and flavor. Examples from three kinds of chocolatey evidence (recipes, material culture, and depictions) offer insight into the broader context of labor, gender, and social regimes.

Lunch & Learn

Date/Time

Thursday, May 9, 2019
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

Cost: Free

Location

McLean County Museum of History 200 North Main Bloomington IL 61701 3098270428
http://www.mchistory.org

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