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Students Participate in Global Interdependence Potluck

During the potluck, students were encouraged to try as many foods as possible, and to learn something new about each country. (Photo by Katharine Sipio)

Students in Sara Shreve-Price’s Global Interdependence history class recently participated in a “Global Feast” to develop deeper understandings of other countries.

For the project, students each selected a different country to research, which included finding out about its geography, population, culture, food, trade, and history. Some of the countries selected included Morocco, Somalia, Australia, Senegal, Slovakia, El Salvador, Serbia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Bulgaria.

Another phase of the project involved students preparing food from their country to bring to a class potluck—or a “Global Feast.” Students were expected to be able to say “hello” and “thank you” in the official language of the country they chose, and confidently answer questions from classmates.

During the potluck, students were encouraged to try as many foods as possible, and to learn something new about each country. They were also asked to label each dish with a complete list of ingredients along with a brief note about when and how it is eaten. Dishes at the potluck included a large variety of pastries, soups, breads, and more.

Mia Armbruster ’21 decided to make a dessert dish from Somalia for the potluck.

“My dish was called Shushumow. It is a sweet pastry usually eaten during weddings, religious celebrations, and festivals,” said Mia. “I’m a vegetarian and this dish sounded like a dish with an interesting cultural background.”

Liam Tapp ’21 made a Tajik green lentil and rice soup for the potluck that was from the country of Tajikistan. “I got to experience new flavors and spices that I do not normally eat,” said Liam.

Kallista Bertozzi ’21 enjoyed making cookies with a Moroccan recipe for her classmates. “My favorite part of this project was making the crescent shape gazelle horn cookies and taking them out of the oven.”

Sara is thrilled that students enjoyed the experience, and is hoping to continue this project with her classes in the future.

“The purpose of this project was to help students develop a sense of a different place and its culture, as well as consider the ways geography and history impact people’s daily lives,” said Sara.

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