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 ITKI UNESCO City of Gastronomy Conference in Tucsonas part of the panel "Traditional Knowledge and Food Systems."