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Potato dishes & discussions at the Libraries, Tues. May 5th

The Libraries advisory committee on diversity invites members of the Rutgers community to attend Eating the Potato: Culture, Communication and Camaraderie

Tuesday, May 5, 2009,
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library,
College Avenue Campus

with parallel celebrations at
the Dana Room, Dana Library, Newark Campus

Join us as we come together to share potato dishes that are part of our heritage and traditions. There will be informative displays, and some of our chefs will talk about the potato, its history, varieties, and uses in diets in global cultures. Come and learn new recipes, savor the tastes and aromas, enjoy the colors, the music of the potato!

We will have two short presentations:

"'I can't get this thing mashed': Food complaints & their implications for relationships"
by Associate Professor Jenny Mandelbaum from SCI Department of Communication

"Growing Ground-Hog-Proof Potatoes in New Jersey"
by Jan Reinhart from the Libraries' Media Center

Our potato dishes span the globe --from India, China, the Philippines, Bermuda, Palestine, Mexico, Brazil, Belarus, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, and more. Eating the Potato will be in the Pane Room, Alexander Library, and we will simultaneously videoconference to Dana Library where there will be even more potato dishes to learn about.

Participants are welcome to contribute to the program, by bringing non-perishable foods to donate to Rutgers Against Hunger.

For more information on this event, or to RSVP, contact Marilyn Wilt at 732.932.7505 or

Posted May 1, 2009