RoundTable Cultural Seminars

First Fridays


Every Month, A new topic to explore

Join RoundTable for First Fridays!

Inspired by the pursuit of lifelong learning, new complimentary seminars will be presented on the first Friday of every month! Each session will be livestreamed and then available to watch for an additional 24 hours. 

There is a limited number of participants, so click “RESERVE HERE” at the bottom of the page to save your space now!   

“In honor of the centenary of the 19th amendment, a delectable new book that reveals a new side to the history of the suffrage movement.

We all likely conjure up a similar image of the women’s suffrage movement: picket signs, red carnations, militant marches through the streets. But was it only these rallies that gained women the exposure and power that led them to the vote?

Ever courageous and creative, suffragists also carried their radical message into America’s homes wrapped in food wisdom, through cookbooks, which ingenuously packaged political strategy into already existent social communities. These cookbooks gave suffragists a chance to reach out to women on their own terms, in nonthreatening and accessible ways. Cooking together, feeding people, and using social situations to put people at ease were pioneering grassroots tactics that leveraged the domestic knowledge these women already had, feeding spoonfuls of suffrage to communities through unexpected and unassuming channels.”

Laura Kumin had a long career as a lawyer before she became an author, teacher and cooking coach. She is the author of two books that combine history and culture with cooking, illuminating the little-known corners of a historical period or movement: All Stirred Up: Suffrage Cookbooks, Food, and the Battle for Women’s Right to Vote and The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating & Entertaining in Hamilton’s World. Her books contain original recipes and adapted versions that Laura created so that readers can enjoy dishes from those periods. 

At her food blog, Mother Would Know, Laura encourages readers to become confident and creative home cooks. Her blogposts provide tips on food safety, explanations concerning differences between various types of ingredients, and other useful nuggets of information, as well as recipes. 

Laura’s articles have appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, the Huffington Post and the Jewish Food Experience. She has done podcasts and programs for a variety of audiences and groups, including the National Press Club, the Woodrow Wilson House, Tudor Place, and the Alice Paul Institute. Laura has also taught a course to middle schoolers that included history and hands-on cooking and has done adult education presentations.

Laura lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband. They raised their two children in DC and are  active in the local community. 

Friday, December 4th at 2:00pm EST