The Umbra Institute was one of the main sponsors of the Roger Smith Food Tech Conference in New York this past weekend. The food conference, which gathered scholars from across the world to discuss the effect of technology on food culture, was the fourth edition of the series. The Umbra Institute, whose innovative curricular concentration in Food Studies is now in its third year, also sent its associate director for the Food Studies Program, Zachary Nowak. Nowak, currently pursuing a doctorate in American Studies at Harvard University, gave two presentations. The first posed questions about the French notion of terroir, “the taste of place,” while the second was a historical investigation of pasta in Umbria.