Drinking History: Fifteen Beverages That Shaped America

Schools of Public Engagement: Food Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Drinking History
Spring 2023
Taught By: Cathy Kaufman
Section: A

CRN: 10820

Credits: 3

Everybody drinks everyday, and the drinks menu may range from the morning’s eye-opening shot of caffeine, perhaps a fizzy soda or milk midday, to something alcoholic in the evening, with the ubiquitous bottled water ever-present in contemporary America. How did these drinks become our quotidian refreshments? To answer this question, we will survey the roles that wine, beer, distillates, cocktails, coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and water have played in different societies throughout history, examining what these beverages can tell us about the technological, economic, religious, political and social structures of key drinking cultures. We will study such cultural landmarks as the symposium of ancient Greece, the political tinderboxes of Restoration England's coffeehouses, Japan’s “way of tea” and it surprising relationship to medieval war, or the soft root ‘beers’ that became the darling of Temperance crusaders. We’ll conclude with a look at contemporary soda politics and the debates over American culture as expressed through a Coke.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Food Studies (NFDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:46am EDT 5/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 510
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/9/2023