Personally Speaking: How What We Eat Helps Determine Who We Are

Southerners love to talk about food, their likes and dislikes, regional preferences and their own delicious stories. Food supplies a common fuel to launch discussion and often crosses lines of race, class, gender and region.

In Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South, Ashli Quesinberry Stokes focuses on the role food plays in building identities–accounting for the messages food sends about who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we see others.

Stokes will discuss her book and the story behind the story at Personally Speaking at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at UNC Charlotte Center City. The author’s presentation will be followed by a reception and a book-signing.

RSVPs are required. Register here. Information about parking will be emailed shortly before the event.

Stokes is an associate professor in communications studies and director of the Center for the Study of the New South at UNC Charlotte. Consuming Identity (University Press of Mississippi) is co-written by Wendy Atkins-Sayre, also an associate professor in communication studies and director of the Speaking Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Important new parking changes have been adopted for this Fall semester at UNC Charlotte Center City.

If you are UNC Charlotte Faculty, Staff, or Studentsplease click on this link, read carefully to the bottom and follow the instructions

If you are a member of the General Public, parking information will be sent to you several days prior to the event.

Note: UNC Charlotte and UNC Charlotte Center City do not own or manage parking lots at Center City. They are owned and operated by Preferred Parking, Inc., a private company, which has notified UNC Charlotte Center City that it will step up its monitoring of parking in the area this fall and will issue fines.

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