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WIU Professors Part of Dec. 19 Museum Event

December 11, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - The Western Illinois Museum will host a presentation by the contributors from the 2013 publication, "Local Food Networks and Activism in the Heartland," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at the museum. The event is open free to the public.

Publication contributors include WIU Assistant Women's Studies Professor Holly Stovall, Associate Philosophy and Religious Studies Professor Brian Powell, Assistant Agriculture Professor Joel Gruver and Macomb residents Jamie Lane, an intensive care nurse at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, and John Curtis, owner of Barefoot Gardens CSA in Macomb. Editors for the publication include English and Journalism Professor William Knox, Sociology and Anthropology Professor Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and Associate Economics and Decision Sciences Professor Thomas Sadler.

This unique publication explores the local food movement from diverse points of view, including ideas, experiences and interests from local academics, food growers and activists. The program brings together the book's contributors for a discussion that illustrates how topics such as religion, morality and feminism can be a part of a conversation about agricultural production, land use and nutrition.

The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 S. Lafayette St., one block south of Macomb's Courthouse Square. For more information, contact the museum at (309) 837-2750 or

For more information about the publication, visit

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