The New Yorker correspondent Jane Kramer to speak about food as 'celebration'

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Jane Kramer, European correspondent for The New Yorker, will speak at Yale on Tuesday, March 24 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Kramer will give a talk titled “Celebration: From Food Ritual to Food Feast” that day at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. Yale President Peter Salovey will introduce her at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Before becoming a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1964, Kramer wrote for The Village Voice. Her first book, “Off Washington Square,” is a collection of her articles from that paper. Additionally, she has published two collections of essays from The New Yorker, “Allen Ginsberg in America” and “Honor to the Bride.” Since 1970, most of Kramer’s writing for The New Yorkerhas covered aspects of European culture, politics, and history, and she has written the “Letter from Europe” column since 1981. Many of her European-based articles have been collected in three books, “Unsettling Europe, ” “Europeans,” which won the Prix Européen de l’Essai Charles Veillon and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, and “The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany.”

Kramer has written numerous other books, including “The Last Cowboy,” a profile of the pseudonymous Texan Henry Blanton, which won the American Book Award for non-fiction. Additionally, her article on multiculturalism and political correctness, “Whose Art Is It?,” won the 1993 National Magazine Award for feature writing and was published as a book in 1994.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter Fellows are Janet Mock, Seymour Hersh, and Nicholas Kristof.

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