iLGBT Fall Symposium - Decolonize Your Diet: Recipes to Sustain Revolutionary Love, 3-4 November

Thursday, November 3, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Luz Calvo

See full schedule below

Luz Calvo is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA. Luz received their PhD in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz. In collaboration with their partner, Catriona R. Esquibel, Luz wrote Decolonize Your Diet, published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2015. Their cookbook uses food history, testimonio, recipes, and Chicanx art to urge a return to ancestral foods and to food justice. The authors believe ancestral foods are powerful medicine that can heal and nourish their communities at the levels of the soil, body, mind, culture, and spirit.  

The Institute for LGBT Studies is honored to host Professor Luz Calvo for the 2016 Fall Symposium on 3-4 November. Professor Calvo will offer collaborative cooking events, public lectures, and talking circles on UA campus and at various locations around the city. They will also be a guest presenter at the 2016 UNESCO City of Gastronomy Conference as part of the panel "Traditional Knowledge and Food Systems."  This symposium reflects their co-authored work, Decolonize Your Diet (Arsenal Pulp Press 2015), which takes decolonization to be an ongoing process to end structures and practices of oppression and servitude through restoring respect for traditional knowledges. Decolonization requires both spiritual healing and political resistance, preserved in daily acts that include storytelling, recipe sharing, and ceremony. Decolonize Your Diet strives to redefine what we mean by “traditional Mexican food” by reclaiming and honoring Chican@ and Mesoamerican heritage through indigenous crops and ancestral cooking methods. Please join us in remembering, reclaiming, and growing with recipes to sustain revolutionary love.

Decolonize Your Diet will be available for purchase at Antigone Bookstore (411 N. 4th Avenue), Revolutionary Grounds (606 N. 4th Avenue), and the University of Arizona Bookstore (1209 E. University Boulevard - Across from the Student Union Memorial Center).
*Language on "decolonization" taken from Decolonize Your Diet website

Schedule and Promotional Materials Below


Thursday, November 3

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cooking in the Garden with Tucson High: Tucson High School 400 N. 2nd Avenue Tucson AZ 85705

Join us at 4pm at Tucson Highschool with Luz Calvo, Tucson High Garden Club, the UA Community and School Garden Program, and Flowers & Bullets for a community cooking event drawing on the foods grown at Tucson High and the methods and meanings of revolutionary cooking and living collectively in Decolonize your Diet. The garden club is located on the 8th street side of the highschool. Parking will be available.

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Public Lecture "Decolonize your Diet: Recipes to Sustain Revolutionary Love" with Reception: Arizona Historical Society Lecture Hall, Reception opens at 5:30, lecture at 6:00. 949 E. 2nd Street, Tucson AZ 85719

Join us at 5:30pm for a public catered reception at the Arizona Historical Society, followed by a talk by Luz Calvo from 6pm to 7pm . Luz's talk "Decolonize your Diet: Recipes to Sustain Revolutionary Love" draws from their co-authored book about reclaiming ancestral knowledge to sustain the ongoing process of decolonization. The event will also feature photographs from the AZHS archives featuring imagery of local/indigenous agriculture and foodways.

Friday, November 4

9:00am -11:00am

Cooking with the El Rio Community: El Rio Cafe powered by the YWCA. 839 W. Congress St., Tucson AZ 85745

Join us at 9 am at the El Rio Cafe powered by YWCA Tucson, for a public cooking demonstration with Luz Calvo, the YWCA, and the El Rio Community Center. Because of space limitations at the El Rio, this event will be limited to a 30 person capacity. To ensure your attendance, please contact the El Rio Health Center at (520) 309-2084.

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Talking Circle with Common Ground Alliance: Analberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center. University of Arizona, César E. Chàvez Building, Room 217, Tucson AZ 85721. This event is paid for by the Student Services Fee and reserved for UA Students. Attendence is limited for this event. Please contact Sarah Gonzalez ( for more information.

This Symposium is generously co-sponsored by:

The Institute for LGBT Studies, 
The Arizona Historical Society,
UA Confluence Center
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
UA Community and School Garden Program
University of Arizona Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention & Health Promotion
Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Frances McClelland Institute for Children Youth and Families
Analberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center
Common Ground Alliance
YWCA - Tucson
UA LGBTQ Resources Center (Affairs)
UA Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
UA Office of the Provost
Southwest Folklife Alliance
El Rio Community Health Center
Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW)
UA College of Behavioral Sciences
UA Poetry Center
UA Department of French and Italian
UA Department of Mexican American Studies
UA Department of Gender and Women's Studies
UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Borderlands Brewery and Ermanos Craft Brew and Wine Bar have generously provided beverages for the Thursday, November 3rd Lecture at the Arizona Historical Society.
Thank you Borderlands and Ermanos!