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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.