Dr. Olga Kalentzidou was awarded the Indiana University Platform: An Arts & Humanities Research Laboratory as a 2021-22 Indiana Studies cornerstone project. Dr. Kalentzidou will focus on curriculum development and implementation of the Restorative Foodways project, a team-based initiative led by Dr. Keitlyn Alcantara (PLEASE LINK to her profile in Anthropology). Curricula will focus on Soil, Food as Medicine, and Global Indigeneity and will be shared on the Healing Garden website.
The Restorative Foodways project uses the themes of food as medicine, food sovereignty, and food justice to address historical inequalities built into the fabric of the university and the community at large. Through gatherings centered on sharing food and stories, and curricula aimed at connecting individuals to meaningful community contributions and learning opportunities, the project explores how embodied learning and storytelling can increase the sense of belonging and being seen among BIPOC individuals in Bloomington.
More information on this and other Indiana Platform projects can be found on their website https://platform.indiana.edu/indiana-studies/current-projects.html.
In addition to this project, Dr. Kalentzidou was recently featured on Indiana Public Media's Earth Eats segment which can be heard on their website: https://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/food-and-place.php