Indigenous American Food and its Effects on Diet and Culture
September 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for the return of our Preserving our Past Community History Workshops with Dr. Peter Martínez! In honor of Hispanic American Heritage Month, Dr. Martínez’s lecture will demonstrate how crops and foods in the Pre-Columbian Americas affected European and Asian countries through the Columbian Exchange. His presentation will explore how Europeans and Mexican elites viewed indigenous American foods from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. The program will also discuss the relationship between food and cultural identity, especially after global exchange provided the opportunity for European, African, and Indigenous foods and crops to combine to give us foods that are common today.
Dr. Peter Martínez serves as an Associate Professor of History at Tarrant County College – Northeast Campus. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from the University of Texas at Arlington before receiving his Doctorate in History from the University of North Texas in 2017. While an undergraduate student, Dr. Martínez was awarded Best Undergraduate Paper in Political Science for a paper entitled “The Under-representation of Hispanics in Congress.” Subsequently, as a Master’s student, his research paper entitled, “Helping and Hurting the Poor: Mexicans in the Way of Fort Worth’s First Public Housing” was awarded Best Graduate Student Essay in the 38th Annual E.C. Barksdale Essays in History competition. After earning his PhD, Dr. Martínez’s dissertation, “Ready to Run: Fort Worth’s Mexicans in Search of Representation, 1960-2000,” was awarded Best Dissertation in Tejano/a Studies by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies – Tejas Foco in 2018. He is an active Board Member for the Fort Worth Latino History Group.
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