Bite! Examining the mutually transformative relationship between people and food.
Just as each bite of food transforms the eater and the eaten, the relationship between people and food has also been demonstrated to be both transformative and reciprocal.
Ohio Wesleyan and the Sagan National Colloquium (SNC) are thrilled to announce this exciting theme for 2012. Dr. Christopher Fink in the OWU Department of Health & Human Kinetics will be directing the colloquium this year, and has created the title and theme to engage the community in discussions about how we interact with, change, and are changed by food. The official title of the 2012 SNC is:
Food can have both an enhancing and deleterious role in transforming our lives. These transformations have been well documented in both the academic and the popular literature in medicine, public health, economics, politics, history, natural science, agriculture, art, sociology/anthropology, and environmental science, among other disciplines. Many of these areas have consequently seen a rise in focus on food, from environmental and economic concerns about industrial farming practices to political lobbying related to the farm bill and far beyond. What unites all of these discussions is a realization that the antecedents and consequences of our choices with respect to food have far-reaching implications that cross both geographic and disciplinary boundaries.