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Williams speaks with Michael W. Twitty about ‘Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew’

Judith Williams, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Last updated November 20, 2022

By Tina Underwood, Contributing Writer

Furman University’s Judith Williams, an anthropology professor, serves as a virtual host for the Miami Book Fair sponsored by Florida Humanities. Williams, who calls Miami her hometown, moderates a session with Michael W. Twitty, author of “Kosheroul: The Faith Journey of an African American Jew.” Twitty, an award-winning culinary and cultural historian, discusses his book about “the crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisine – and issues of memory, identity, and food.” He explores not just who makes the food, but how the food makes the people.

Williams is a sociocultural anthropologist whose ethnographies of restaurant workers examine the construct of racial hierarchies within the country’s restaurant industry. A former chef and caterer, Williams says her “experience working in the upper echelons of the culinary industry infuses her work with an experiential dimension of understanding.”

The 46-minute session, which took place live on Friday, Nov. 18, is available at Miami Book Fair Online.

Last updated November 20, 2022
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