This past Friday, November 23, 2018 the CHRM2 committee celebrated Thanksgiving with our two American VIA Global Community fellows, Tamara and Eleanor. Thanksgiving day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States, Canada, Liberia, some of the Caribbean islands, and now in Jember! Historically, it began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Now it is a cherished tradition, where family and friends gather to enjoy a feast of food that usually includes a turkey and cooked carbs.

Tamara and Eleanor prepared homemade traditional American thanksgiving food, including pineapple stuffing, apple pie, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, and sweet potatoes. Because the event was hosted as a potluck, attendees contributed different dishes to be shared with the group. Guests included members of the committee, researchers, research assistants, and students from the English classes our fellows teach. We hope to continue this tradition for the following years to come!

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