This past October, David Shaftel published one of the year’s more memorable and funny Sunday Times opinion pieces, bluntly titled “Brunch Is for Jerks.” Deep down, it’s a sentiment many New Yorkers grapple with, and no amount of mimosas can drown the residual guilt we feel after a four-hour midday meal involving $18 eggs Benedict. But how did brunch go from a cutesy portmanteau to one of the most reviled examples of conspicuous leisure? Sociology professor Farha Ternikar tackles this question at tonight’s seminar “The History and Ritual of Brunch.” Drawing from her recent book, Brunch: A History, she traces the roots of this (mostly) urban phenomenon, which has long been “fraught with tension” over gender- and class-based conflicts. Bring your questions, comments, and curiosity — because this cultural mainstay is way more than just a meal.
Thu., Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., 2015