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OWU's Sagan National Colloquium Serves Up Food's Global Significance


September 9, 2003

[ SNC 2003 Logo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Launching Ohio Wesleyan's 18th Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series on Wednesday, Sept. 10, is Frances Moore Lappé, author of the best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet and Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet.

Lappé will speak about "Exploding the Myths of Hunger One Pop-Tart At a Time" at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. Her 1971 Diet for a Small Planet was a revolutionary text for millions of baby boomers who wanted to eat better, as it not only revealed how to get enough protein without eating meat, but also how the planet can share its ample food supply. Hunger, Lapp³ learned, is caused by a scarcity of democracy, not food. She is a co-founder of Food First, a leading think tank on food and globalization and is the fourth American to receive the Right Livelihood Award, also called the "alternative Nobel."

The fall semester's Colloquium series' theme is "Food: A Harvest of History, Culture, Politics, and Science." Choices about food pervade all our lives and have consequences for personal health and communal well-being. The 2003 Sagan National Colloquium will examine the topic of food from a number of perspectives -- cultural, political, scientific, economic, historical and nutritional, among others.

The 2003 Sagan National Colloquium (SNC) provides the opportunity to explore these many dimensions of food. Complementing this year's Colloquium theme is a dynamic assortment of guests including:

Dr. Karyl Thomas Rattay, expert on nutrition and physical activity, co-author of the 2002 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity report and 1987 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, will discuss "The Obesity Epidemic: The Federal Government Response" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Dr. Susan Albers, psychologist and author of Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Develop a Balanced Relationship with Food, will lecture on "Eating Mindfully in College and Beyond" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Donald Winkelmann, former chair of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and OWU's 2003 Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will examine "Food Security: Global and Local" on at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Molly O'Neill, writer for The New Yorker, former food columnist for The New York Times, and award-winning author of A Well-Seasoned Appetite and The Pleasure of Your Company, will speak on "Writing About Food" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Dr. Michael Pollan, best-selling author of The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World, Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of Columbia, and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, will discuss "Following the Food Chain: Explorations in the Ecology of Eating" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, in OWU's Gray Chapel.

Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, geography professor at the University of Texas at Austin and leader of one of the first Oxfam field offices in Latin America, will discuss "A Cultural Geography of 'Kitchenspace'" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Jean Carper, leading authority on health and nutrition, award-winning former medical correspondent for CNN, current USA Weekend magazine columnist and 1953 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, will lecture on "The New Science of Eating to Stay Young" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Paul Simon, former U.S. Senator and current director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, will address "The World's Water Crisis and the Impact on Agriculture" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Dr. Mark McWilliams, assistant professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, will lecture on "Competitive Dining in the Gilded Age" on at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

Dr. Jeff Pilcher, award-winning author of ¡Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity and professor of history at The Citadel, will examine "The Roots of Globalization: Cooks and Crops in the Colombian Exchange" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

David Kline, author of Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal and Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm, will speak about "Living Sustainably in an Agrarian Society" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room.

These SNC programs are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.

Accompanying the SNC lectures is the Screen Cuisine Film Series at The Strand Theatre (28 E. Winter Street, Delaware). These films will be shown on the dates below at 9 p.m. on Mondays and at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. A discussion of each film will be held after the Tuesday screening at the Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge (2 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware). Tickets are $5 per person.

Sept. 15 - 16 » Big Night (Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott, 1996)

Oct. 6 - 7 » What's Cooking? (Gurinder Chadha, USA/GB, 2000)

Oct. 20 - 21 » Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, Mexico, 1992)