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International Seminar Series: Terra Brockman to discuss eating locally

This fall, the International Seminar Series will focus on food justice and sustainability. Events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon-1 p.m.

Terra Brockman, founder of The Land Connection, will discuss eating locally for the International Seminar Series. She will present “Slow Food: Act Globally, Eat Locally” at noon Wednesday, November 29, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

Brockman’s organization, The Land Connection, works to save farmland, train new farmers, and connect consumers with fresh local foods. She is the author of  The Seasons on Henry’s Farm, which was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2010. She has been honored with a Green Award from Chicago Magazine, a Good Eating Award from the Chicago Tribune, and a rural achievement award from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. Her family has farmed in Central Illinois for four generations.

Her talk will explore the Slow Food movement, which began in Italy in 1986 to highlight connections between the food we eat and its impact on people and the planet. As an “eco-gastronomic” movement, Slow Food connects environmental sustainability (eco) with culture and food (gastronomy). Today, Slow Food has over 150,000 members and is active in more than 150 countries. Overall, Slow Food seeks to establish local and global food systems that are “good, clean, and fair.”

The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political, and social topics. Noha Shawki from the Department of Politics and Government, Gina Hunter from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Kathryn Sampeck from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology have worked with the Office of International Studies and Programs to coordinate this semester’s series.

For additional information, contact the Office of International Studies at (309) 438-5276.

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