MMU explores pleasures, perils of food with annual Fall Faculty Series

Mount Mercy University’s 2019 Fall Faculty Series—Setting the Table: Pleasures & Perils of Food in America—will explore food topics including the agricultural revolution, food as a weapon of war, dumpster diving, and our current unsustainable food systems.

The three-month series kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. in Mount Mercy’s on-campus Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall). Dr. Anna Waterman, associate professor of biology, will explore the history of the Agricultural Revolution and its consequences for humans in the ancient and modern world.

2019 FALL FACULTY SERIES EVENTS

All events take place at 7 p.m. in Flaherty Community Room (204 Basile Hall).

PART 1: HUMAN DIET ACROSS HISTORY

Aug. 22
Our Daily Bread: How the Agricultural Revolution Transformed Human Diet, Culture & Society
Dr. Anna Waterman, associate professor of biology

Sept. 4
What's for Lunch: A Historical Look at School Lunch Programs
Dr. Norma Linda Mattingly, associate professor of education

Sept. 19
Rationed: When Food Becomes a Weapon of War
Dr. Kris Keuseman, associate professor of chemistry

PART 2: FOOD AND COMMUNITY

Oct. 2
Eating in the Margins: The Politics and Experience of Dumpster Diving
Dr. Joseph Hendryx, assistant professor of English

Nov. 5
Food and the Making of a People: A Biblical Perspective
Fr. Tony Adawu, PhD, chaplain

PART 3: SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

Nov. 19
Field to Freezer: Health Care Concerns in the Way We Get Our Food
Malinda Poduska, MSN, assistant professor of nursing

Dec. 4
Sustaining a Food System for a Growing World
Rachael Murtaugh, MS, director of sustainability

Mount Mercy’s Fall Faculty Series is a community favorite, filling nearly every seat at each past event. Subjects covered in previous series include World War I, the Vietnam War, democracy in a fractured age, and sustainability. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

To learn more about the series and individual events, visit www.mtmercy.edu/food.

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