Past Events

Welcome to the Food for Black Thought Symposium archives!

In 2012 and 2013, FFBT held symposia in Austin, Texas focused on Black communities and food, past and present. The 2-day symposia involved break-out sessions, local and nationally-recognized speakers, and connecting at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center and at on the University of Texas-Austin campus. Explore events, meet speakers, and more below!



Food for Black Thought Symposium: 2012

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Keynote Speakers::

2012 Highlights:

  • Soul Food Junkies Screening w/ Director Byron Hurt
  • Talk w/ Toni Tipton Martin of The Jemime Code and the SANDE Youth Foundation
  • Talk with Dr. Naa Oyo Kwate of Rutgers University
  • Growing Goodness w/ Rose Pulliam and Priscilla Hale of ALLGO
  • East Austin Food Stories Screening w/ Youth Directors and Producers Naya Jones and Monique Walton
  • Community Town Hall



Food for Black Thought Symposium: 2013 

Keynote Speakers::


  • Skype talk with Dr. Breeze Harper
  • Community lecture with Dr. Pancho McFarland, of the Green Lots Project & author of Chicano Rap  and
  • Dynamic keynote with Michael Twitty
  • Growing Goodness w/ Dr. Frank Guridy (Author of Forging Diaspora) and Dr. Deborah Paredez  – discussion about local gardening
  • Food and Gentrification Conversation | Read about it!
    • Naya Jones, Food for Black Thought / PhD Candidate  @ UT Austin
    • Ashante Reese, Rhodes Teaching Fellow / PhD Candidate  @ American University