The history of the Mediterranean region is explored through food, conversation

The history of the Mediterranean region is explored through food, conversation
February 13, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

The Global Studies Forum at Benedictine University will present “Mediterranean Culture and History Through Food” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. The forum will feature conversation and fresh entrees from Tunisia, Spain and Turkey created by Benedictine faculty including Joaquin Montero, Ph.D., Department of Language and Literature; Christine Isom-Verhaaren, Ph.D. Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies; and Olfa Souissi, a visiting Fulbright scholar from Tunisia who teaches Arabic at the University. Today’s Mediterranean cuisines reflect three great revolutions which affected the history of the area: the Arab agricultural revolution of the ninth through 12th centuries, the age of exploration that took place in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the creative impulse of the Renaissance. The constant threat of famine has also played a role in the region’s culinary evolution. The Global Studies major at Benedictine University combines the school’s unique cultural heritage sequence with courses from a number of disciplines to provide students with an understanding of the forces that are shaping the world and prepare them to act as responsible citizens in the 21st century. The Global Studies Forum is free and open to the public. Reservations are required by March 20. Please R.S.V.P. to Tonia Rucker at (630) 829-6250.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.