One of the many rewards of working in a university is the pleasure that I get from fabulous work by my students. Emma Scudder, a Senior at Tufts University, developed ‘Rooted’ in the fall of 2013 with the help of her UEP 293 Food Justice: Critical Approaches in Policy and Planning classmates Leah Lazer, Amanda Miller, Abby Harper, and Lissette Castillo and staff at The Food Project. It is a wonderful paean to diversity, place, culture and food. Emma’s appreciation of the power of story in building and nurturing community shines through as you will see as you read the document:
Despite the conceptual challenges I mentioned in my last blog Interculturalism and culturally inclusive space I, public spaces can be sites of huge intercultural opportunity. They may be the only sites where various groups interact at all and organised events, such as soccer matches, festivals or youth group events may offer important opportunities for inter-group contact (Dines and Cattrell 2006) and for generating shared experiences (Lownsbrough and Beunderman 2007). People who have emigrated from one country and culture to another tend to use public open spaces and parks to gather and congregate in ways that are reminiscent of their home country, transforming the parks of their adoptive community into familiar spaces. People grow attached to spaces, their aromas, textures and the overall ‘feel’ of a space.