Conference Program


Cocktail Culture: A Conference combines academic presentations, roundtable sessions, and two keynote talks.

Morning sessions, “dry but lively,” will run between 830-1130am at the Brown Hotel.  Afternoon sessions, “fermented, fortified, and distilled,” will run between 1pm and 6pm at St. Charles Exchange.  Wristbands for afternoon sessions are $10 per day, and can be purchased from St. Charles Exchange.


Conference Keynote Presentations


“Getting Lit – Classic Examples of Literary Libations and Their Role in Fiction”

Philip Greene, Vice President, Museum of the American Cocktail


“Confessions of a Cocktail Nerd: My Journey from Making Cocktails to Making Spirits”

Sonja Kassebaum, co-founder of North Shore Distillery, Chicago


Scholarly Presentations


“Cocktail Culture, Idealized Femininity, and the Post-War Cocktail Dress”

Lori Hall-Araujo, Independent Scholar


“The Cocktail Party in John Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Trilogy”

Wilson Kaiser, Jacksonville University


“Shaken or Stirred? Gender and the Cocktail’s Influence in Film, Culture, and the Media”

Jodie Mader, Thomas More University


“Polynesian Paralysis: Race in a Tiki Mug”

Andrew Pilsch, Arizona State University


“Cocktail Community and The Case of the Congener: Toward a Metaphoric Understanding of the Limits of Inclusivity and Diversity Politics”

Kristen Renzi, Xavier University


“Sweet Oblivion: The Ethnobotany of the Zombie Cocktail”

David Bering-Porter, Michigan State University


“The Boulevardier: Craft, Industrialism, and the Nostalgic Origin in Cocktail Culture”

Antonio Ceraso, DePaul University


“Hangovers, Hairs of the Dog, and the Inevitability of Excess”

Stephen Schneider, the University of Louisville


“Bar Trek: Alcohol Consumption and the Male Third Space in the Star Trek Franchise”

William Biferie, Stetson University


“Cocktails that Aren’t Cocktails and the Gentleman’s Gentlemen that Make Them”

Michael Lewis, Indiana University


“Norman Mailer, Brendan Behan, and Notorious Celebrity”

Steve Watt, Indiana University


“A real Rumdinger: The cosmopolitan allure of Seagram’s postwar cocktails”

Lisa Sumner, Carleton University, Canada


“Branded Spirits, Blanded Spirits”

Craig Owens, Drake University


“The Old-Fashioned and Cocktails in the Jazz Age”

Judith Roof, Rice University


“The Martini”

Michael Coyle, Colgate University


“The Lingering Louche: Absinthe, the Green Demon of Alternative Modernity”

Aaron Jaffe, University of Louisville


Roundtable Discussions


Featuring local cocktail and beverage experts:

  • Michael Veach, bourbon historian, Filson Historical Society
  • Fred Minnick, bourbon authority, Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Susan Reigler, author, Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book
  • Bernie Lubbers,, Heaven Hill Distilleries
  • Sara Havens, Bar Belle, LEO Weekly

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