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Arts and Humanities Institute Hosts Symposium on Food Security

By:    Published 12:00 pm / August 10, 2011

International and local experts on food and hunger will guide a one-day symposium on food security from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom. The free event is sponsored by Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute in partnership with the Boise State Volunteer Services Board and the Treasure Valley Food Coalition.

“What food we eat, how we eat it, where it comes from – these questions are certainly not new, but they’ve been invested with enormous passion in the United States in recent years,” said Nick Miller, professor of history and faculty coordinator of Arts and Humanities Institute programming.

Community members approached Miller with the idea for the symposium. “We recognized it immediately as a perfect fit for our mission of linking the community and the university and encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to critical questions, cultural as well as scientific.”

Symposium participants include:

  • Gary Paul Nabhan, an internationally known conservation biologist from the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center, as well as a writer and pioneer of the local food movement
  • Anne Trumble, director of Emerging Terrain, a non-profit research and design collective created to educate and engage the public about factors shaping the built environment
  • Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force
  • Dave Krick, owner of Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Alehouse in Boise
  • Guy Hand, Idaho writer, radio producer and photographer

A fresh local lunch will be served by the B-29 Food Truck from noon-1:30 p.m. for $10.

To RSVP for lunch or for more information, contact the Arts and Humanities Institute at or 426-3902.