Food has a history that is influenced by economics and politics. Through lectures, film screenings and discussions, participants in a new class offered this fall at the Johns Hopkins University will look at the meaning of food in American culture.
"Eating the Evidence: Food in Contemporary American Culture" will be taught by Charles Camp, Maryland state folklorist and author of the book "American Foodways."
The course, which will be held on Tuesday nights from Oct. 9 to Dec. 11, will look at food distribution systems, the crab as Maryland food and symbol, and gender assignments in food preparation and church suppers, among other topices. Field trips are planned.
The class fee is $175. For more information or to register, call the School of Continuing Studies at 338-8516.