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  • CIA Dooley Lecture Series

    The mission of the Dooley Lecture Series is to bring speakers of repute in all disciplines to the CIA and surrounding communities. The series is funded through the generous support of Patricia Dooley Fortenbaugh. Ms. Fortenbaugh is the daughter of Carroll Dooley, the first Director of the Division of Food Preparation for the Culinary Institute of America. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is based on a first come, first served basis. There is no registration process. Lectures and readings are one hour long, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

    There are currently no lectures scheduled for 2017. Check back here to learn about upcoming CIA Dooley events.

    Previous Lectures by The Dooley Lecture Series

    Black Lives Matter: The Intersectionality of Race and the Food System at the CIA's Dooley Theatre

    Black Lives Matter: The Intersectionality of Race and the Food System

    Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She is committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land the nourishes us.


    Conflict Kitchen at the CIA's Dooley Theatre

    Serving Gastrodiplomacy at Conflict Kitchen

    Culinary Director Robert Sayre and co-director Dawn Weleski will present the five-year history of Conflict Kitchen, discussing the development of the restaurant/art project's vision; political, cultural, and culinary research processes and the products of such; and the deepening of collaborations with immigrants from the Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan, Cuban, North Korean, and Palestinian communities and those still residing in those countries. Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA that serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to current geopolitical events.


    Hank Shaw

    Stepping onto Nature's Stage: Foraging, Fishing, and Hunting in the Modern World

    Join forager, hunter, angler and cook Hank Shaw in a discussion not only about how you can integrate the wild world with the modern one, but also why you'd want to in the first place. Humans are as divorced from nature as we have ever been as a species. As we spend more of our daily lives staring at a glowing screen, many of us are beginning to realize how damaging that divorce has been. Nature is our home, the active pursuit of her bounty is perhaps the best way to step away from the computer and out onto nature's stage. Once we do that, we realize how important it is to preserve what remains of the wild world around us.

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