“Food and China’s Silk Road: Influences to and from the West,” a sold-out event co-sponsored by the University Libraries, was held Wednesday, May 6, in the Charles B. Wang Center. An engaged and enthused audience of students, faculty/staff, and community members gathered for a spirited lecture by historian Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman and a food tasting. Guests learned about the East-West cultural exchanges that occurred on the Silk Road through the medium of food, and sampled dishes prepared from recipes selected by Dr. Newman. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the annual cultural event.
Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman is professor emerita, Queens College, and the founder and editor of the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune, the first and only English-language quarterly about Chinese food and dietary culture. Dr. Newman has donated more than 4,000 Chinese cookbooks, culinary magazines, and related audio-visual materials to Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries. It is the largest collection of its type in the world. Dr. Newman has established an endowment for collection care and event programming. For more information, please visit the guide for the collection. -Kristen J. Nyitray, Head, Special Collections and University Archives, University Archivist