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Anthropology of Food and Drink

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Course Description:

Food is a fundamental human necessity, essential to the sustenance and survival of our species.
Alcohol is not. But both have had a major impact on cultural practices throughout history. Food is directly associated with cultural identity. People may change their dress, speech, and even religion before they alter their eating habits. Alcohol has been almost as impactful. Some anthropologists have argued that the production of beer and wine was the causal factor leading to the agricultural revolution and the growth of civilization nearly 10,000 years ago. In this two-part series, we will examine the elaborate relationship between human culture and food and drink.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Dec. 1, 8 *10:00am – noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch


Dustin McKenzie teaches cultural anthropology and archaeology at Cabrillo College. He has been involved in a number of archaeological studies along the Central Coast over the past two decades. He is one of OLLI’s most sought-after speakers.