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‘Food and Hunger’ Theme to Connect Campus

The theme “Food and Hunger” will be ever-present throughout Hiram College’s curriculum, events and campus life during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Each year, the Center for Engaged Ethics searches long and hard for an appropriate theme that the community can use to focus its attention on the “urgent challenges of the day.”  More than a dozen major events and seventeen courses will execute this year’s “Food and Hunger” theme.

The theme begins in the Class of 2016’s common reading assignment: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric Schlosser. The nonfiction book will introduce and raise questions surrounding the “Food and Hunger” theme. Related courses include, “Ethics of Food,” “The Art of Making Dough,” “Dissecting Dinner:  What is on our Plates and Where did it Come From?,” “Food Fight” and “Environmental Justice.”

A campus-wide kick-off event for the theme will take place Sept. 11, 2012, with the lecture “World Hunger:  Can We Feed the World?” by Dr. Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council. De Schutter is a legal academic and human rights expert.

De Schutter’s visit will be directly followed by The Center for Engaged Ethics’ 11th annual Teach-In on Sept. 13, 2012, where thirteen faculty members will lead separate discussions on a range of food-related subjects including, genetically modified foods, government regulation of ingredients, food and geopolitics in America, the cost of healthy food, food for our companion animals, and educating children about food.

Additional related events 2012-2013 academic year include the following:

  • The lecture “Feeding and (Bio)fueling a Crowded World,” presented by Scott Swinton, professor of applied microeconomics at Michigan State University, Sept. 25, 2012.
  • A lecture and visit by award-winning filmmaker and novelist Ruth Ozeki (My Year of Meats and All Over Creation), Oct. 10, 2012.
  • A lecture and visit by Anupama Joshi, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Farm to School Network, Oct. 30, 2012.
  • The lecture “Folks, This Ain’t Normal,” by author Joel Salatin (You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef), March 14, 2013.

During the Spring 2013 semester, Hiram College will also begin a new initiative in order to promote science literacy through the first ever Science Reads program.

Modeled after the National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read program which focuses on fiction and memoir, a series of events have been built around an engaging science book for the general public.

This year’s Science Reads book will be Four Fish:  The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg.

On Feb. 5, 2013, Greenberg will visit campus to speak. He has written The New York TimesNational Geographic Magazine, GQ, The Times (of London), and Vogue.  He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellow.

There will be two additional lectures in the month of February aligned with the Science Reads program.

Hiram College began exploring a theme of the year in 2006, with what is now the Center for Engaged Ethics, but over the years, it has grown to include programming and courses throughout the academic year from many departments. Past themes include civility, war, sustainability and more.

Learn more about these events and programming for the “Food and Hunger” theme.

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