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NYT Food Journalist Brett Anderson to Speak at Loyola

By Loyola University on Tue, 10/26/2021 - 11:07

The College of Nursing and Health hosts “Gravy Runs Through It: The Mystique, Mistakes and Magic of New Orleans Restaurants”

(New Orleans, October 25, 2021) The College of Nursing and Health at Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce that the award-winning New York Times food correspondent Brett Anderson will deliver its fall lecture entitled "Gravy Runs Through It: The Mystique, Mistakes and Magic of New Orleans Restaurants." 

The lecture, which will address offer perspectives on the complexities of restaurants and food, what they might say about human wholeness, and what social justice implications he might draw from his work. It will be held at 7 p.m., central, on November 16, 2021, on campus in Loyola’s Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall, 6363 St Charles Ave., with free parking available in the West Road parking garage. Guests may also participate online via Zoom. For more information and to RSVP, visit the lecture website

It's commonplace for universities to speak of educating the whole person. Jesuit universities even have a Latin phrase for it—cura personalis. Loyola’s College of Nursing and Health consists of three degree-granting units—the School of Nursing, the Department of Counseling, and the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Each could be compartmentalized as attending to one aspect of the human person. Yet, individually and together, they promote the health of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit, and this holistic commitment has social justice implications. 
As with academic disciplines, restaurant writing could be compartmentalized as attending only to the materiality and pleasures of food, both of which are important. Yet, there is more to food and restaurants than that. Food figures centrally in various religious practices and is requisite for human health. Restaurants represent important cultural expressions and can help build community. They can also be important resources for, and commit offenses against, social justice.

The College of Nursing and Health welcomes Brett Anderson and looks forward to his perspectives on New Orleans restaurants. His talk will inform the reflection of the College of Nursing and Health on its own commitments to wholeness and justice – and allow listeners a fascinating perspective about New Orleans food and restaurant cultures and how they impact our society as a whole.