Cooking workshop unites resettled refugees and Duke undergraduates

Duke students joined local refugees and their children at the Durham Spirits Company in east Durham to prepare a meal of traditional foods from Iraq and Sudan Here students work with Moram Taha (in pink headscarf) and Asma Mohammed (in black veil). Both are from Sudan. The event was part of the Food, Ethics, and Culture series at the Kenan Institute for Ethics

On Saturday, February 27, the Kenan Institute for Ethics hosted locally resettled refugee women from Sudan and Iraq together with undergraduate students for a day of cooking and eating together. The event was part of this spring’s Food, Ethics, and Culture series, organized by Bear Postgraduate Fellow in Ethics Cece Mercer. The women chose recipes tied to particular cultural or religious festivities in their home countries, enabling a cultural exchange between them and the students as they worked side by side. The Food, Ethics, and Culture series is connected to this year’s “Food Fe(a)st” Ethics Film Series; additional upcoming events include a panel on sustainability and food labeling through the lens of religion and a talk on foodways and Gullah culture. Stay tuned to the Kenan Institute for Ethics event listings for more information.

Photos from Saturday’s workshop can be viewed on our Facebook photo album from the event, courtesy of Duke Photography.