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Cheese is alive, and alive with meaning.

Heather Paxson tells the story of American artisanal cheesemaking and explores how this craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value for producers as well as consumers. Dairy farmers and artisans inhabit a world in which their colleagues and collaborators are a wild cast of characters, including plants, animals, microorganisms, family members, employees and customers. As “unfinished” commodities, living products whose qualities are not fully settled, handmade cheeses embody a mix of new and old ideas about taste and value. By exploring the life of cheese, Paxson helps rethink the politics of food, land and labor today.

This event includes a talk and cheese tasting.

 

Brief Bio

Heather Paxson, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece and The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America.

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