Honors Students Plan Address

PULLMAN, Wash. — Audience members can taste portions of this year’s Washington State University Honors Student Advisory Council Invited Address.
History faculty member Mary Watrous-Schlesinger’s Jan. 28 talk, “No Appetite for Conquest: Indigenous Women and Food in Mexico,” will be served up at 5:30 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 268. Honors students will help serve food that Watrous-Schlesinger will discuss in her talk.
Watrous-Schlesinger will discuss her research, which has revealed that, for a period of more than 400 years, indigenous and Mestizo women have resisted conquest in various parts of Mexico by preparing food that reflects their traditional cultures. There is some evidence that contemporary women, especially in Mexico City, continue to prepare traditional Mexican foods to demonstrate their resistance to the influence of European colonial powers.
The WSU faculty member is a 1998 recipient of the Honors Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service to the Honors College and a 1995 recipient of the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award.
Watrous-Schlesinger has twice accompanied honors students to Mexico and the Yucatan. Her honors courses include history, Western civilization and global civilizations.
The HSAC Invited Address is an annual public event sponsored by the WSU Honors College. Honors students choose faculty presenters based on their enthusiasm for teaching and involvement in a research topic that has appeal to the university and Pullman community.