Over 40 Area Chefs, Non-Profit Leaders, and Scholars to Gather
The inaugural Carolina Food Summit will kick off the 2016 TerraVita Food Festival on September 28 and 29. Over forty chefs, writers, non-profit leaders, restauranteurs, and scholars will gather to share perspectives on and tackle challenges within North Carolina’s growing food scene — from field, to school cafeteria, to the area’s most lauded restaurants. The Carolina Food Summit is a partnership between EdNC.org, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, TerraVita, and the UNC-Chapel Hill Food For All 2015-2017 university-wide research theme.
This gathering of change makers for North Carolina’s foodways is designed to break the traditional conference model. Jeff Polish (The Monti) is emcee for “The Story of Place,” the Wednesday afternoon storytelling session that sets a compelling, conversational tone for the Carolina Food Summit and features area chefs Bill Smith (Crook’s Corner), Angela Salamanca (Centro),Vansana Nolintha (Bida Manda), and others. Southern Cultures, the award-winning journal published by UNC Press and the Center for the Study of the American South is the Summit’s campus host for this event.
Marcie Cohen Ferris (Co-Chair, UNC Food for All and Professor, American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill) has crowdsourced input from across the South for her “State of North Carolina Food” address. Read more >>
The world’s approach to food policy challenges is largely siloed. Some groups focus primarily on addressing obesity, while others work to combat hunger. Others focus on food safety and security. Still others concentrate on the environmental effects of modern food production.
But just as pulling a loose thread can cause a knitted sweater to unravel, addressing a single food problem in isolation can have unintended consequences. Duke University hopes to address that phenomenon by exploring the possibility of a new World Food Policy Center that would encourage cross-disciplinary problem-solving. The effort also responds to growing student interest in understanding food systems. Read More >>
“We don’t see this as something we are doing to the campus,” Ammerman said. “It’s the campus rising up together and getting inspired by the theme, each other, crossing disciplines and working side-by-side with the community.”
Announced in the spring as the University’s academic theme for 2015–17 by Chancellor Carol L. Folt, “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives” takes off this fall with several activities and events on a broad spectrum of food topics.” Read More >>
In 2014, students at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Journalism School launched the multimedia site Whole Hog, the latest “Powering a Nation” project. In their words, “This project aims to shed light on the energy dynamics within the hog industry in North Carolina. We will explore the complex set of relationships among those with an economic, environmental, cultural and political stake in the industry. We plan to inform, engage and surprise through the multimedia telling of human stories behind the facts.” Explore the site >>
Powering a Nation investigates the political, economic, and scientific tensions behind US energy through advanced reporting to engage citizens and inspire informed decision-making.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will come together at a common table when it examines food and food studies as its 2015-2017 university-wide academic theme. “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives,” which builds on Carolina’s 2012-2015 “Water in Our World” focus on global water issues, will challenge all areas of the University to examine wide-ranging topics from food cultures and nutrition, to food security, world hunger, agricultural economics, resource management, sustainable development, climate change and international trade.
Chancellor Carol L. Folt will give a preview of the theme at a special session of The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education’s “What’s the Big Idea” lecture series on April 30.
“‘Food for All’ is the perfect successor to the ‘Water in Our World’ theme,” said Folt. “With alliances like UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Global Research Institute and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Carolina can leverage its world-class resources to guide our focus on food over the next two years. Through this initiative, we can bring our community together to address this global issue that plays a critical role across many facets of our society — culture, health and the economy.” Read more.
Academic Theme 2015-2018
"Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives" is the university-wide research theme for UNC-Chapel Hill, 2015-2018.