540WMain Director and Founder Joins Honors Program at St. John Fisher College as Adjunct Faculty

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We are pleased to share the positive news that 540WMain Director and Founder, Calvin Eaton has joined the ranks of adjunct faculty at St. John Fisher College.

Mr. Eaton will be teaching the newly designed course: Exploring African American Culture Through Food: 1619 to Present through the colleges Honors program in the fall semester 2020. 

Says Mr. Eaton: “I am excited to join St. John Fisher College as an adjunct faculty member. Fisher has been a regular collaborator with 540WMain over the past two years and this appointment provides me the opportunity to develop courses rooted in the experiences of Black people across the African diaspora with faculty across disciplines. I am grateful to be developing this new course under the direction of Professor Melissa Bissonette, Honors Program Director”

In the last two years 540WMain has collaborated with St. John Fisher College by way of Center for Sustainability, Lavery Library, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of English, and the undergraduate internship program.

About the course

Exploring African American Culture Through Food: 1619 to Present provides an intersectional and historical exploration of African American culture through food and its impact on mainstream communities beginning with the transatlantic slave trade through modern day. Through multi-media studies and interactive cooking students will uncover the origins of what we now know as “soul food” and what it means for African American and American culture and identity. 

About honors program at St. John Fisher College

The overarching goal of the Honors Program is to help students explore their major within a larger context. The program stresses research and communication skills, as well as being a contributing member of a community.

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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