2017-18 Academic Symposium

Food for thought: Safety, Science, and Sovereignty

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Keynote Address
Stayer Center
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Academic Symposium sessions
Stayer Center
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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Does every human have the fundamental right to clean, nutritional food? What are some of the environmental and social consequences of our eating habits? Do some food choices contribute to social injustice or environmental degradation?

The choices made determining what we eat is rarely about the nutritional value. Rather, we eat what we like, are told, or can find. Many times these decisions are deeply-rooted in our traditions, environment, or cultural upbringing.

The 15th annual Academic Symposium will explore the complex and diverse meaning of food safety, security, and sovereignty. The Symposium will kick off with keynote speaker Michael Twitty where he will address the multifaceted intersection between American culture, race, and cuisine by reflecting on his own family origins and the foods and recipes passed down to him. He will use his book, The Cooking Gene, for the basis of his presentation.

The Symposium will continue on April 11 with a full day of activities surrounding the biological and cultural dimensions food plays; individual and societal responsibilities; and implications of food decisions.

The entire campus community is invited, as well as the greater community, to engage in this through-provoking example of socially-just interdisciplinary study.

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