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Food and Historical Trauma

We continue our regular series from the Humanities Research Fellows.  This week, Lisa Cromer, Associate Professor of Psychology and an expert in trauma, reflects on the connection between food and memory in cultures that have suffered extraordinary loss. Food, emotions... MORE

The Taste of Russian Summers

In this week’s report from the Humanities Research Seminar on the theme of “food,” Professor Christine Ruane shares her own experiment in recreating an eighteenth-century Russian treat. Russian food has evolved by incorporating influences from other culinary traditions, especially French... MORE

The Plant Treaty

Michelle Donaldson, Executive Chef of Tallgrass Prairie Table, continues our regular series of reports from the research fellows working on the theme of food at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities. The narrative of food is forever evolving. We all... MORE

Peace at the Dinner Table

Here’s the next installment of our reports from the Humanities Research Seminar on food.  This week, Sasha Martin, author of Life from Scratch and the Global Table Adventure, reflects on the connections between food and peace. What does it mean... MORE

Kitchen Cosmos

Each week, we will feature a short essay from each of the Humanities Research Fellows now at work on the topic of food.  We begin with Bruce Willis, Professor of Languages, and his reflection on creation stories in the Americas.... MORE

Mark Twain Quote - Secret Source of humor is not joy, but sorrow; there is no humor in heaven.

Humor and Pain

In our latest report from the humanities research seminar on humor, David Blakely explore the surprising connections between laughter and suffering. I recently saw an evening of stand-up comedy. One young comic, a lanky youth with hands like nervous birds, told roundabout... MORE

Humor and Mental Illness

Here’s another report from the Humanities Research Seminar on the topic of humor.  In this installment, Kim Ivey, a graduate student in Anthropology, considers the ways in which humor might be used to help better understand and event treat mental... MORE