Do we eat simply for sustenance or is there more to think about this everyday activity? Food fills our bellies, brings families and cultures together and is the center of many traditions which remind us of our shared past. Food also is a source of power and struggle. The way our food is grown, manufactured and marketed can be controversial. What do we need to know about the food choices we make? Nourish your mind this spring and join us for thoughtful discussions on food.

All lectures are free to the public and are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

If you have a disability and desire accommodations, please advise us as early as possible. Requests are confidential. UWWhitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or for further information.

Unable to attend? Links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found here:



Food in Literature: Memory and Social Connection

MARY PINKERTON, Dean of the College of Letter and Sciences



Organic Farming at Standard Process

CHRISTINE MASON, Farm Manager at Standard Process


The Health Benefits of Vacuum Tumbling Foods

JOHN EJNIK, Associate Professor of Chemistry


Atlantic Counterpoint: Foods that Changed the World

TONY GULIG, Associate Professor of History

SETH MEISEL, Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education


The Role of Corn in Indigenous Mexican Cultures

BERT KREITLOW, Lecturer in History



Blue-Plate Special: Foodborne Illness

DONNA VOSBURGH,Assistant Professor of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health


The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State

LIZ HACHTEN, Assistant Dean of Letter and Sciences


American Culture, "Big Food", and Our Health

MICHAEL OLDANI,Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice



Beer Matters

KARL BROWN, Lecturer in History


Ramadan: The Islamic Month of Fasting

JALAL NAWASH, Assistant Professor of Physics


Healthy Eating Simplified

ANN WERTZ GARVIN, Professor of Health, Physical Educaion, Recreation and Coaching


The Essence of Food: The Evolution and Nourishing Source of Life

SHARON ROY, Lecturer in Marketing


It All Starts With Dirt!

CAM BARKER, UW-Whitewater Student

TAYLOR JOHNSON, UW-Whitewater Student

GHAZAL MIRZAEI, UW-Whitewater Student

JEROME WEST, UW-Whitewater Student