Social Stimulants: The History of Chocolate, Coffee, and Tobacco

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
February 27 – April 24 (class will not meet March 27)

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Emily Winerock
This class has been cancelled.

This seminar delves into the cultural, social, political, and economic history of chocolate, coffee, and tobacco. An exploration of discovery experiences, adaptation and appropriation, industrialization, globalization, and advertising will inform our discussion of modern-day consumption. By investigating medical claims and trends in who consumed these stimulants and in what formats, we’ll extract the myths from the “true history” of these stimulating substances. For the first session, please read the first three chapters of The True History of Chocolate and the first two chapters of Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization.

Emily Winerock holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto.

Materials List
Coe, Sophie D., and Michael D. Coe. The True History of Chocolate (2nd edition). Thames and Hudson, 2007. ISBN: 0500286965
Gately, Iain. Tobacco: A Cultural History of How an Exotic Plant Seduced Civilization. Grove, 2003. ISBN: 0802139604
Pendergrast, Mark: Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World. Basic Books, 2010. ISBN: 046501836X

Cowan, Brian. The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse. Yale, 20011. ISBN: 0300171226
Norton, Marcy. Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World. Cornell University Press, 2010. ISBN: 0801476321
Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants. Vintage Books, 1993. ISBN: 067974438X

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions, $190