Focusing on the Guinness World Record for thelargest serving of hummus, as well as attempts to trademark hummus and calls for its boycott, this talk will use food to highlight questions of ethnic and national identity, examining food as an arena of conflict and coexistence. Dr. Ari Ariel holds a PhD from Columbia University and a Diploma in Classical
Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute. His research focuses on Middle Eastern Jewish communities. This semester also marks Ari's first as the director of the MLA in Gastronomy. Welcome aboard, Ari!