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Happy Hour: Potatoes are not Irish, Tomatoes are not Italian, Tea is not English or Why We Play Bagpipes at 9/11 Memorials with Dr. Robin Sinclair

January 17 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Sponsored by the ESU Nashville Branch

Potatoes are not Irish, tomatoes are not Italian, tea is not English, or why we play bagpipes at 9/11 Memorials. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, European sailors traversed the globe in search of riches, glory, and new trade routes to East Asia. Historians refer to this period as the Age of Exploration, or the Age of Discovery. During this time, European explorers made daring voyages that changed world history. These discoveries caused ideas, technology, plants, and animals to be exchanged around the world.

The voyages of Christopher Columbus and others may seem like ancient history, but they have resulted in major discoveries that shaped the world we live in today, in ways both big and small. Dr. Robin Sinclair will delve into the food-related results in the Age of European Exploration and will discuss its far-reaching unintended consequences. This ESU Happy Hour is sponsored by the ESU Nashville Branch. ESU Happy Hour programs are online, free, and open to all members and the public.

About Robin (Susan) Sinclair

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Robin (Susan) Sinclair has taught English and American literature, as well as comparative religion and philosophy at several universities. She holds B.A., M.A., M.L.A.S., and Ph.D. degrees, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts. She is also an antique and decorative arts appraiser and has done an Antiques Roadshow for ESU Happy Hour. She has taught many courses in composition, as well as history and context of literature, as well as comparative religions. She has been on the ESU National Board of Directors and is a member of the ESU Nashville Branch.

Cocktail: Dark ‘n’ Stormy

An impressive cocktail that is visually reminiscent of a storm over the ocean showing the joys and dangers that are inseparable at sea.


  • 60 ml dark rum (West Indies prefered)
  • 90 ml ginger beer
  • 15 ml lime juice


Put ice in a tall glass (highball) and pour over the ginger beer. Add lime juice, and then slowly pour in the dark rum so that it remains on the surface. Decorate with a slice of lime. It can also be made the opposite way, pouring the ginger beer in at the end.


January 17
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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