Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives
UNC Campus Theme 2015-2017
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is gathering around a common table to examine food from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, establishing food as the focus of the 2015-2017 campus theme.
“Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives” is the successor to the first campus theme “Water in Our World,” which ran from 2012-2015. “Food for All” will challenge all areas of the University to examine wide-ranging topics such as food cultures and nutrition, food security, agricultural economics, resource management, sustainable development, climate change and international trade.
The UNC Global Research Institute (GRI) proposed the food theme to the University. The GRI is concurrently focusing on food with its “Feeding a Hungry World: Food Security in the 21st Century” focus. This is the third research theme for the GRI in its continuing series established in 2009. With each new theme, the GRI recruits a group of expert fellows to campus, providing faculty, students and staff the opportunity to creatively engage with some of the world’s leading scholars on the current topic, and this is the second theme that the GRI has also brought forward as a campus theme.
The campus food theme’s steering committee is led by co-chairs Alice Ammerman and Marcie Cohen Ferris, both Carolina faculty members with diverse experience and deep-rooted interest in food issues and food studies. Ammerman is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, while Ferris is a professor in the Department of American Studies. The steering committee includes faculty, staff, students and community members.
The goal of the steering committee is to motivate conversation and research about food-focused scholarship and public engagement on a campus, state, national and global level. It will also encourage and support food-related activity, such as new courses, digital humanities projects, film and documentary work, speaker series, scholar and artist-in-residence programs, performing arts events and service projects across campus, the Triangle community and North Carolina.
For more information, visit the Food for All website.