Instant Noodles Won’t Save the World, But Here's How They'll Help

By Caroline J. Hanna

[Research] As government officials and food authorities ponder the ever more urgent question of how to feed a ballooning global population, one Amherst professor is exploring an answer that some experts have suggested: instant noodles.

In a new book, anthropologist Deborah Gewertz examines the history, manufacturing, marketing and consumption of instant noodles and makes the case that this staple of the American college student diet will play an increasingly significant role on the world stage.  

Anthropology Professor's New Book Explores a Possible Solution to World Hunger: Instant Noodles

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Deborah Gewertz

Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology

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Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology and author of Cheap Meat—which is about the controversial trade of inexpensive fatty cuts of lamb—writes about the books on her figurative bedside table.

Half a Century of Women Teaching at Amherst: Gender Matters

Symposium Schedule for Saturday, October 1, 2011

8:30-9:00 a.m.      Breakfast. Lobby of Converse Hall.

9:00-9:10 a.m.       Welcome and memorial minute.  Buffy Aries (Psychology) and Pat O’Hara (Chemistry).

9:10-9:15 a.m.        Brief history of the arrival of the pioneer women. Jane Taubman (Russian)

9:15-10:30 a.m.    Round table discussion: The Early Years  

The Pioneer Women of Amherst College 1962-83

Deborah Gewertz Honored By Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania

Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, and her research collaborator, Frederick Errington, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., were jointly named honorary fellows of the Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania (ASAO) at the organization’s annual meeting Feb. 9 to 12. Including Gewertz and Errington, the distinction is currently held by 16 scholars in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the field of social anthropology in Oceania.

Remembrance of Instant Noodles Past

While Marcel Proust unleashed a flood of memories with one taste of a madeleine, Deborah B. Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, explores the memories evoked by Ramen and other instant noodles in NPR listeners, Amherst College students and (in stark contrast) Japanese and Papua New Guineans.

WAMC-FM: Academic Minutes with Lawrence Douglas, Deborah Gewertz and Ilan Stavans

The Albany-area National Public Radio affiliate featured Lawrence Douglas, James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and chair of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought; Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology-Sociology and Ilan Stavans, Latin American and Latino Culture professor, in three segments about their research.

New Zealand Herald: Fat to the Health Fire

Deborah Gewertz’s Cheap Meat was discussed at length in this article about whether regulation and/or public health education are needed in particular Pacific nations in order to limit consumption of high-fat lamb and mutton cuts.

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