Carrying Oysters, Jonathan Green

APRIL 23RD, 2021

A discussion about the purpose and process of building community archives that centers food and foodways in their collections.

Join us for a conversation with archivists, activists, and organizers whose work has been central to building community, non-institutional, archives that include: a digital archive on historical foods from the Karuk, a Californian Native American tribe; an oral history project from Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center about the history of Black restaurant ownership; a collection of media and legal documents that pertain to an ongoing legal battle over Black land ownership; and the creation of a community cookbook that records the recipes and stories of a small group of Filipino immigrants living in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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This program was developed, and the panel will be moderated, by Malia Guyer-Stevens, MA Candidate in Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt’s Food Studies Program. Live closed captioning will be available.



  • Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Attorney and Co-Organizer for the Black Farmers Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign.
  • Lisa Hillman, Karuk Tribe Member, Developer of Sípnuuk Digital Library.
  • Obden Mondésir, Oral History Project Manager for the Weeksville Heritage Center.
  • Kayla Sotomil, Ethnographic Filmmaker and Creator of the Panlasa Project: Community Cookbook.
  • Ceci Pineda, Musician, Executive Director of BK Rot.