Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly overview - week of January 30; photos of our examination of materials from the culinary archive at UM

At the beginning of this week, we examined the text of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Using guiding questions, students analyzed the text and commentary to try to understand it from a policy perspective (its stated aims and methods) and from a historical perspective (putting it in the context of past immigration policies and laws). Students’ questions were thoughtful, pointed, and demonstrated deep critical thinking skills.

Students also continued to develop their independent research papers and science experiments. Student-developed inquiries range in topic but all fall under the driving question of how we decide what to eat. 

As part of our continued study of food, we took a trip to the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at UM in order to examine historically-significant cookbooks, menus, and ephemera. This trip, in addition to being interesting (particularly the World War II-era food advertisements, ration coupons, and “victory” cookbooks) helped us to continue to think about that which we can learn about people during a particular place and time through their food choices. Huge, huge, huge thanks to Liz and Juli from Special Collections at UM Library for putting together such a fascinating presentation and collecting such interesting materials for us to examine.

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