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Agave Heritage Festival Documentary Screening WITH Maribel Alvarez and Lisa Palacios


May 1 2018 - 8:00am

Agave Heritage Festival Documentary Screening

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:30 PM -- 9:30 PM
Loft Cinema
Price: Free


Enjoy two documentaries, Agave is Life and The Mesoamerican Diet: Origins with a pre-screening agave spirit tasting. A post-screening panel discussion is co-sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Tucson City of Gastronomy.

See trailers:

5:30 – 6:30           Agave and Wild Food Exhibit

6:30 – 7:40           Screening of Agave is Life

7:40 – 7:50           Statements by filmmakers Meredith Dreiss and David Brown on making of Agave is Life

7:50 – 8:50           Screening of The Mesoamerican Diet: Origins

8:50-9:00              Statements by filmmakers Daniel Zizumbo and Patricia Colunga on making of The Mesoamerican Diet: Origins

9:00 – 9:30           Panel discussion on influence of the Mesoamerican diet on the peoples of our region


The panel will discuss how the pre-colonial Mesoamerican Diet (maize, beans, squash, chile peppers, tomatoes, agaves) compares to the indigenous Sonoran Desert diet, and how it influenced the diet, food traditions, cultural history, and cuisine of the Sonoran Desert after it began to spread to this region some 4,000 years ago.

Panel Moderator:

Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, folklorist, writer, and curator. She holds the Jim Griffith Chair in Public Folklore at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona (UA), where she also is Associate Professor in the School of Anthropology. She is the Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, a UA affiliate nonprofit which produces the annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival in addition to 20+ other programs connecting artisanal economies, foodways, and traditional arts to community planning and neighborhood-based economic development throughout the region. In 2009 she conducted research on wheat and identity in Sonora, Mexico as a Fulbright Fellow and co-launched with her colleague Gary Nabhan the Sabores Sin Fronteras/Flavors Beyond Borders initiative at the UA.

Panel Members:

Karen R. Adams, Ph.D., trained as both an archaeologist and a botanist in order to analyze plant parts from archaeological sites in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Chihuahua, Mexico. Much of her research has been accomplished as a consultant to universities, museums, and archaeological contracting companies. One interest has been a focus on the history of maize (corn) from Mesoamerica, and other indigenous plants managed or domesticated in ancient times such as agave and Little Barley grass. Her writings include historical overviews of plant use through time in the broad Southwest and some of its sub-regions, summaries of plant usage at many archaeological sites, and a focus on specific plants such as wild tobacco, wild potatoes, and beeweed.

Barry Infuso has an M.A. in Nutrition and Anthropology from Prescott College, Ariz., and a B.A. in Business and Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. He also is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator by the American Culinary Federation. He helped develop the Culinary Arts program at the Desert Vista Campus of Pima Community College. He also worked for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Program as a culinary consultant and teacher for 17 years. He is a founding member and past and current president of Slow Food Tucson and president of the Chef’s Association of Southern Arizona for five years. He received the PCC Board of Governor’s Award for Community Service and Canyon Ranch Institute’s Prevention Pioneer award for his work a teacher in the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s “Cooking for the Health of It” program.

Lisa S. Palacios is from South Komelik, Waw Giwulk District, in the Tohono O’odham Nation. She serves as an archaeological monitor for her tribe and has deep interests in cultural landscapes, Tohono O’odham place names, tribal members as experts, and both American Indian and collaborative archaeology. She also works with Tohono O’odham elders in the interpretation and discussion of historical documents written by the Spanish during their initial exploration of the Papaguerìa-Pimerìa Alta. Lisa received her B.A. in Anthropology in 2010 UA and her M.A. in American Indian Studies in 2014, both from the UA. She is currently in the UA Ph.D program in Anthropology, with a focus in archaeology.

Melanie Hingle, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.N., is a nutrition scientist, public health researcher, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience and training in health promotion and behavioral sciences and related research methodology including assessment of dietary intake. She conducts her work at the intersection of nutritional sciences research and public health practice, where she seeks to understand predictors and consequences of lifestyle behaviors associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes risk. She applies this knowledge to the design and conduct of lifestyle behavior modification interventions for diverse populations, including youth and families. She is an Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences within the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.


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