May 7, 2021

bread

The COVID-19 pandemic has tried to pull us apart, knead us to our breaking point, but we cannot let it stop us from “breaking bread” with people from different cultures. With the rise of Asian hate crimes across the U.S., increase in Black Lives Matter protests, and a growth in misunderstanding between communities, it is crucial that we facilitate online avenues for cultural exchanges to take place during this time. Gathering around a meal, playing a team sport or collaborating on a project are all comfortable atmospheres for people to meet one another, but what happens when everyone around the world cannot gather in person? This event aimed to explore how we can bring people together around food, competitions and collaborations in the virtual sphere. We need people-to-people diplomacy now more than ever.

NYU DC Dialogues hosted a discussion with Ambassador Capricia Marshall and Smithsonian Folklife Festival Director Sabrina Lynn Motley moderated by NYU DC Student Christina Bowllan. There was a short pre-recorded video introduction by Chef Maneet Chauhan.

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Christina Bowllan

Christina Bowllan

Maneet Chauhan

Maneet Chauhan

Ambassador Capricia Marshall

Ambassador Capricia Marshall

Sabrina Lynn Motley

Sabrina Lynn Motley

DC Dialogues is a student-led initiative created to engage the NYU DC community in key discussions on politics, culture, business, environment, education – and more. Through active participation from the student body, DC Dialogues will convene prominent experts of various perspectives to discuss matters most captivating to students.