Food Culture And The Meaning
Of Eating Exhibit Unveiled At UNH
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 19, 2004
DURHAM, NH -- A new exhibit at the University of New Hampshire’s
Memorial Union Building (MUB) will be unveiled this month. The 17’x30’
Food Culture and the Meaning of Eating exhibit will be on display
on the third floor of the MUB.
The purpose of the exhibit is to raise awareness about our food
system and inform viewers of actions they can take to help create
a more sustainable food and agriculture system. The UNH Office of
Sustainability Programs (OSP) created the exhibit.
“We believe this is a critical topic for the entire campus
and community,” said Tom Kelly, OSP director. “Since
everyone must eat in order to survive, food is a subject that affects
everyone while providing an interdisciplinary lens through which
to examine issues ranging from nutrition and agri-culture to ecological
health and public policies.”
The exhibit was organized around four primary questions: Where does
our food come from? What are the real costs of cheap food? What
positive aspects of our current food system do we want to sustain?
How should we improve the way our culture approaches food?
Through the use of photographs, text, interactive computer displays
and books the exhibit reveals the complex interactions and implications
the act of eating food has on our lives. Themes such as farming,
harvesting and transporting and preparation, eating and culture
provide frameworks for better understanding the linkages from seed
According to Evan Czyzowski, a graduate student in the Department
of English who has worked on the exhibit for the past year, “The
exhibit is meant to invoke thought and discussion among students,
staff, faculty and the larger community around food issues that
are often ignored or invisible. As a result, we hope to generate
greater awareness and informed action.”
The exhibit is a program of the Office of Sustainability Programs’
Food and Society Initiative, which seeks to create a sustainable
food system at UNH and integrates the principles and practices of
civic agriculture into our teaching, research, operations and engagement
For more information, please visit www.sustainableunh.unh.edu
or contact 603-862-4088.