Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A02. We Are What We Ate: Food, Identity, and World History

Some seventy years ago, Victor Hugo Lindlahr titled his book You Are What You Eat, a phrase that has since flowed from the lips, pens, and keyboards of millions. Our course historicizes and globalizes Lindlahr’s perspective by tracing the movement and incorporation of foods and drugs through time, across borders, and around the world, focusing on the Americas generally and the US particularly to help us do so. Our seminar’s menu will include some cooking and eating, but even more reading, writing, and researching—the key ingredients for making you more independent, autonomous, adaptable, and resourceful learners ready to work with and through whatever college dishes out.

John Bezis-SelfaJohn Bezis-Selfa
Associate Professor of History