Bite! Considering the connections between people and food

University Hall at Ohio Wesleyan University. Photo by OZinOH via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

My undergrad alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University, is “examining the mutually transformative relationship between people and food.” The best thing about the semester-long speaker series—aside from its snappy title, “Bite!”—is that many of the panel discussions and lectures are being recorded and posted to YouTube for all to view.

For a sense of the range of topics covered, check out this list of recent and upcoming events:

  • Monday, September 17
    Florence Reed, President and Founder of Sustainable Harvest International
    Sustainable Farming for Food Security
  • Wednesday, September 26
    Dr. Sinan Koont, Associate Professor of Economics, Dickinson College
    Cuba Embraces Agro-Ecology
  • Monday, October 1
    Dr. Anjali Bhatia, Department of Sociology, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Dehli
    Constitution of Childhood and Youth in Fast Food Eating Out Culture: Global-Local Dynamics in India
  • Monday, October 8
    Kelly Klein, Researcher, Monsanto Company
    A Look at Midwestern Commercial Farming and How Monsanto Company’s Seed Business Contributes to Agriculture
  • Wednesday, October 10
    Jeni Britton Bauer (Owner and Founder, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams), Warren Taylor (Owner and Founder, Snowville Creamery), Michael Jones (Executive Director and Co-Founder of Local Matters), and Ben Sippel (Sippel Family Farm).
    Moderated by Tricia Wheeler (Publisher and Editor -in-Chief, Edible Columbus Magazine).
    Panel Discussion – Making Local Work in Ohio: Production, Promotion, and Entrepreneurship in the Local Food System
  • Tuesday, October 30
    Dr. Abram Kaplan, Artist & Associate Professor Environmental Studies, Denison University
    What You See is What You Get: Getting the Picture of Food and Art
  • Thursday, November 1
    Avesta Saaty, Chef
    Kurdish Roots: The Role of Food in Keeping Cultural Traditions Alive When a Nation Has No Country to Call Its Own
  • Friday, November 2
    Ben Hewitt, Author, Small-Scale Farmer
    The Future’s In the Dirt: Digging Into Regional Food Systems and Their Potential to Restore Economies, Communities, Environment, and Health
  • Tuesday, November 6
    Dr. Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition 
Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard University
    Diet and Health: A Progress Report
  • Wednesday, November 14
    Dr. Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor, Coordinator Food Studies, The New School for Public Engagement, New York
    Food, Film, and Cultural Citizenship

Head here for archived videos, and head to the main Bite! webpage for additional info like speaker bios and more.

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