Galveston College will present the last talk in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives on Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 207 of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Guest speaker will be Vivian Cadbury, associate professor of writing and communications at The Culinary Institute of America, who will discuss “The Art of Hunger.”

“Hunger is perhaps one of our most basic metaphors. Just as we hunger for food, we hunger for love, beauty, knowledge, freedom and justice,” said Cadbury in describing her presentation. “These hungers can drive us to extraordinary accomplishments or turn us towards madness and death. For example, physical and emotional hungers seem inevitable, and fictional characters struggle desperately to satisfy them. Hunger can also be a deliberate spiritual or political choice, however, as in a fast, hunger strike, or through merciless subjugation. We readers hunger, too, for words and images, stories and metaphors that help us make sense of our lives.”

Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College, said, “We are excited to bring Vivian to Galveston to hear her perspectives drawing from the language of food and cooking. We hope the community will join us as we wrap up this successful series of presentations.”

Cadbury received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts with honors and highest distinction in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also completed graduate research at the University of Oxford in Oxford, U.K.

Prior to joining The Culinary Institute of America, she served as an adjunct instructor at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, New York and Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She also tutored students at Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie and was an educational writer for Queue, Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an English teacher at The Doane Stuart School in Albany, New York, and an English teacher in Hyde Park and Millbrook, New York, school districts.

She received the People’s Choice Award-Best Poster at A Taste for Writing, Food Service Educators Network International in 2008 and is the author of “A Taste for Writing: Composition for Culinarians.”

Cadbury is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the National Association for Developmental Education.

The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-1321 or [email protected].