August 21, 2019

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

Food Crisis

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.

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

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.

Event Descriptions and Times

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.

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

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

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

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