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28th Annual Public Conversation featuring Michael Twitty

November 12, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


ASL Interpreted.

Close out the Spirit & Place Festival with a Public Conversation featuring culinary historian and author Michael Twitty and the hosts of Black Girls Eating for this LIVE AUDIENCE podcast recording!

In his first book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Twitty traces his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. In his latest book, Kosher Soul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew, he wrestles with not only who makes food, but how food makes people. As a Jewish convert, Twitty sees African-Jewish cooking as a “dialogue of diaspora” offering insights into sustenance for the soul.

In an exciting and new format for The Public Conversation, guests will be invited to hear Twitty speak live and in-person during a moderated podcast hosted by Tanorria Askew and Candace Boyd of “Black Girls Eating.” Audience members will be given a chance to interact with each other and the speakers during a book signing and reception catered by vendors located in The Amp, which is part of the 16 Tech Innovation District.

Event Partners: Spirit & Place, JCC Indianapolis, Flanner House, and The Amp. This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration: Registration is requested by Saturday, Nov. 10, but walk-in guests are welcome.

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Michael Twitty wearing a dark gray hoodie resting his chin in his hand.


The Amp at 16 Tech
1220 Waterway Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States
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Parking Instructions
Free parking is available along Gent Street and in the surface lot across from the main entrance of The Amp. Garage parking is available behind The Amp for approx. $5.
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