2016-17 Common Theme announced

More details to follow, but this is the first announcement of the Campus Common Theme for 2016-17. The name of the theme will be “Food for Thought — Food Matters in Community, Health and Culture.” The proposers are finalizing numerous activities throughout the academic year to highlight food as it relates to culture and ethnic diversity, public policy, and environmental and human health issues. Activities would explore all dimensions of the food system — production, distribution, consumption, and disposal — to provoke thinking and dialogue on the sustainability and social justice challenges facing us. Proposers are Debra Pearson, Associate Professor, Nutrition Sciences, Co-Director – Center for Food in Community and Culture; John Katers, Associate Professor, Department of Natural and Applied Sciences; John Lyon, Associate Professor, Chair – Chemistry; Megan Olson-Hunt, Assistant Professor of Statistics; Vicki Medland, Cofrin Center for Biodiversity; Laurel Phoenix, Associate Professor, Department of Public and Environmental Affairs and Co-Director – Center for Food in Community and Culture; Sara Schmitz, Director of Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics Program and John Stoll, Professor and Chair, Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ideas or questions about the 2016-17 Common Theme can be sent to the proposers or Common Theme Co-Chairs, Brenda Amenson-Hill or Donna Ritch. Past themes and activities can be found at www.uwgb.edu/commontheme.