(BU Cohort) Global Cultures and Commodities: Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate

3 sessions over 2 days

Private Cohort


Tuesday July 12, 2022 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday July 13, 2022 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


The Green Room (Somerville) and Westwood High School

Focal Skills and Dispositions

Inquiry; Evaluating visual evidence; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity


10 PDPs


Partnership educators: No cost
Non-partnership educators: $300

Especially for educators of Grades 6-12

Chocolate, coffee, and tea are staples in diets around the world yet there are untold global histories to the morning latte, the afternoon tea, and the after-dinner chocolate. These plants with origins in Mesoamerica, East Africa, and China have transformed cuisines and cultures, becoming inseparable from national identities and ways of life far removed from their indigenous lands. Familiar names such as Belgium chocolate, Turkish coffee, and Earl Gray conceal the long arc of globalization, imperialism, and trade. Join us as we explore the stories behind these delicacies, unpacking the problematic politics and hidden history of food in the modern world. Experience thematic approaches to world history that can help students see their own tastes as part of the larger and ongoing processes of human-environment interaction, labor practices, and the economics behind cultural diffusion. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.


Registration is closed