Conversation about Seafood

March 16, 2017 - 5:30 PM
University of Oregon Museum of Natural History
1680 E. 15th Ave.
Eugene, OR


 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival from the air.  Photo by Alex Derr.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival from the air. Photo by Alex Derr.

Food and travel writer (and CoastWatcher) Jennifer Burns Bright provides a talk and conversation starter called “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon.”  The free public event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 in the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.) in Eugene.  The activity is a “Conversation Project” sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

The goal of the talk is to help participants explore our relationship with the products of the sea and cultural traditions involving fishing, eating seafood, and understanding the ocean's bounty and challenges. The U.S. imports approximately 90 percent of its seafood and ships out nearly as much to the global market. The lecture and subsequent conversation will explore the question of why we aren't eating more local seafood, utilizing today’s sophisticated preserving and distribution technologies.  Why do we consider seafood more a delicacy now than it has been in the past?

Bright, based in Port Orford, recently retired from teaching at the University of Oregon, where she researched desire in twentieth-century literature, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification. As a community organizer linking local producers and consumers, Bright often speaks and teaches at events.

For local information contact Lauren Willis at (541) 346-3030 or [email protected].