Hunger Banquet

Oct. 31, 2012                                 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s annual Hunger Banquet will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Davidson Room in Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington). 

Tickets to attend the event and learn about food inequality are $5 and can be purchased by calling (309) 556-3374 or during the lunch hour in the Center for Natural Science Learning and Research (CNS) (201 Beecher St., Bloomington). Only 50 tickets are available. The event is open to faculty, students, staff and the public. 

The IWU Hunger Banquet is modeled after the original Hunger Banquet by Oxfam International and has been held at Illinois Wesleyan since 2003. This year, it will be co-sponsored by IWU’s Development Studies Team, International Studies Program and Amnesty International. 

To increase awareness of food injustice worldwide, each participant in the banquet will be given the name of someone in a low-, middle- or high-income class, who they will represent. The socio-economic status of the person they are representing will determine what food they are served for the banquet. 

According to Laurine Brown, visiting associate professor of environmental studies and health, Professor Rebecca Gearhart’s class, 274 People and Cultures of East Africa, will develop a dramatic performance for the evening. The class will also choose what organization to donate the ticket proceeds to.

For additional information, contact Brown at (309) 556-1067 or Professor of Political Science William Munro at wmunro@iwu.edu

Contact: Shea Felde, ’14, (309) 556-3181 univcomm@iwu.edu