Annual Visions & Ventures Symposium to Address Hunger

“Famished: Science and a Hungry World” is the theme for Nebraska Wesleyan University’s 14th annual Visions and Ventures Symposium.

Leading experts will deliver lectures September 17-18 that address the issue of hunger from sociological, physical, economic, and political angles. Speakers will include author and chef Bryant Terry, author and innovator Vicki Robin, University of Nebraska plant science professor Sally Mackenzie, and Food Labor Research Center Director Saru Jayaraman.

The university will host a food drive during the symposium. Non-perishable food items will be collected in the lobby of the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, and will be donated to the Food Bank of Lincoln.

Each year Nebraska Wesleyan brings to campus national experts for a two-day symposium that addresses a topic of universal significance. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The following is a complete schedule of events:

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Noon
“Do We Have a Right to a Full Plate…or a Plate at All?”
Anthony Schutz, associate professor, University of Nebraska College of Law
Callen Conference Center, lower level, Smith-Curtis Administration Building
Sponsored by the NWU Pre-Law Club

7 p.m.
“Food Justice: At the Intersection of Food, Politics, Poverty, Public Health and the Environment”
Bryant Terry, chef, educator, author
O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave.
Book-signing following, Elder Gallery

Thursday, Sept. 18
10 a.m.
“Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community and Our Place on Earth”
Vicki Robin, author, innovator
O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave.
Book-signing following, Elder Gallery

1:30 p.m.
“What Does GM Technology Offer to Agriculture in the 21st Century?”
Sally Mackenzie, Ralph and Alice Raikes Professor of Plant Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

3-4 p.m.
Campus dialogue for students, faculty and staff

7 p.m.
“Behind the Kitchen Door”
Saru Jayaraman, Director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley
O’Donnell Auditorium, 50th Street and Huntington Ave.
Book-signing following, Elder Gallery

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Bryant Terry, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Sally Mackenzie, Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:30 p.m.
Saru Jayaraman, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.