UNH Hosts Symposium and Lecture
Series on the Morality of Food Choices
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
March 4, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Explore the connections among eating, ethics and
the ability of citizens and communities to shape a sustainable food
system through their food choices in a symposium and lecture series
April 25-27, 2004, organized by the University of New Hampshire's
Office of Sustainability Programs.
The Eating as a Moral Act: Ethics and Power from Agrarianism to
Consumerism 2003-2004 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series will
feature lectures over the course of three days by Marion Nestle,
professor of nutrition and food studies and author of “Food
Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health”;
Sidney Mintz, an anthropologist who studies the history of foods;
Dana and Laura Jackson, a mother and daughter who co-edited “The
Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems;”
Brother David Andrews, executive director of the National Catholic
Rural Life Conference; and Sandy Oliver, editor of Food History
News. The lecture series is free and open to the public. The fee
to attend the symposium is $100.
The symposium will include the lecture series and additional panel
sessions exploring topics ranging from food education models to
relocalizing the food system, as well as informal networking opportunities
and some meals. The goal of the symposium is to draw attention to
the scholarly discourse and political activism currently asking
provocative questions and offering controversial answers about the
connection between consumers' freedom of choice, environmental sustainability
and human rights ethics. The fee to attend the symposium is $100.
UNH students, staff and faculty may attend the symposium panel sessions
free of charge by displaying a UNH ID. This waived fee does not
include the meals.
The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1995
in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester. The purpose of the series
is to offer the university community and the state of New Hampshire
programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues
facing our society. The series is sponsored by UNH's Center for
the Humanities. For more information or to register for the symposium,
or call the Office of Sustainability Programs at (603) 862-4088.