Meals on Reels and Autobiography on the Humanities Menu at Yale

A film festival on the theme of food, a screening of the documentary “My Architect” and a panel discussion with autobiographical writers on the faculty at Yale will complement the Tanner Lectures delivered this year by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center (WHC), 53 Wall St.

A film festival on the theme of food, a screening of the documentary “My Architect” and a panel discussion with autobiographical writers on the faculty at Yale will complement the Tanner Lectures delivered this year by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl at Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center (WHC), 53 Wall St.

Food and autobiography are the substance of Reichl’s distinguished career as a writer and journalist, and they are the subject of the Tanner Lectures she will give at Yale

October 26–27. In conjunction with her lectures, “Why Food Matters,” WHC is hosting a screening of “My Architect,” Nathaniel Kahn’s acclaimed film documenting his odyssey in search of his legendary father Louis Kahn, and four great classic films celebrating the culinary arts.

The newly launched film society at WHC, The Cinema at the Whitney, will present Kahn’s documentary memoir on October 21, 4 p.m. On October 22, The Cinema will show “Tampopo” (1985) and “Babette’s Feast” (1988); and on October 23, “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman” (1994) and “Big Night” (1996). On both days, the screenings, in the auditorium of WHC, will take place at 4 and 7:30 p.m.

On October 25 at 4:30 p.m., the editors of the undergraduate publication Yale College Review of Books will present “Yale Studies in Autobiography: Student Critics on Faculty Writers,” a panel discussion and interview of eight current and former Yale faculty members who have written autobiographies. Participants include John Morton Blum, author of “A Life with History”; John Donatich, author of “Ambivalence: A Love Story”; Carlos Eire, author of the 2003 National Book Award winner for nonfiction “Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy”; Peter Gay, author of “My German Question: Growing Up in Nazi Berlin”; Sherwin B. Nuland, author of “Lost in America: A Journey with my Father”; Willie Ruff, Jr., author of “A Call to Assembly: The Autobiography of a Musical Storyteller”; Robert B. Stepto, author of “Blue as the Lake: A Personal Geography”; and Edward Stankiewicz, author of “My War: Memoir of a Young Jewish Poet.”

All events take place at the Whitney Humanities Center and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact manana.sikic@yale.edu.

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