Food-Related Symposium Held at IWU

September 21, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –  Illinois Wesleyan University is presenting a food-related symposium – "What We Eat. Why It Matters."  Events will focus on why what we eat matters for our health and how our diets have a local and global effect. 

Scheduled events are listed below:

Monday, Oct. 10

Take a Field trip to Spence Farm in Livingston County, Ill. to learn about where food comes from.  The trip will depart from Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington) at 3:15 p.m. and return at 6 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required; contact Jim Simeone, associate professor of political science, at to reserve your spot.

Thursday, Oct. 20

Join Marty Travis of Spence Farm for his lecture Human Scale Sustainable Agriculture in Central Illinois.  The lecture will take place in the Center for the Natural Science and Research (201 E. Beecher St., Bloomington) in C102 at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12

The What We Eat: Why It Matters Workshop will bring together students studying food from various perspectives and will take place in the Young Main Lounge and the Joslin Atrium of Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington) from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Seating is limited; contact Rebecca Gearhart, associate professor of anthropology, at for space availability.

Tuesday, November 15

Experience how the rest of the world eats at the Hunger Banquet in the Davidson Room of Memorial Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Tickets are $5 per person and seating is limited; contact Laurine Brown, visiting associate professor of health and environmental studies, at to reserve your ticket,

For additional information join the “What We Eat. Why It Matters” Facebook group or contact Brown at (309) 556-1067 or at

Contact: Sylvia Zukowski ’12, (309) 556-3181