University Theme

A Letter from the UTC Co-Chairs

Food and Drink: Mind, Body and Soul

Dear WIU Community:

This year marks the 11th year of the University Theme. This year’s theme "Food and Drink: Mind, Body and Soul" will allow individuals and departments across the university opportunities to creatively expose the WIU community to issues and topics specific to their disciplines that encompass food and drink in some significant way. The University Theme Committee is currently in discussions with documentary film makers, a nationally renowned chef, food authors, and others about visiting in 2013-2014.

Co-chairs, Michelle Janisz, Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, and Cynthia Struthers and the University Theme Committee look forward to working with the university community on events to highlight this year’s theme. The Visiting Lecture Committee and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology is bringing Roberto Barrios, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University to Campus on August 28, 2013 at 4:00pm to discuss how food cultures change after natural disasters. His lecture “Criollos, Creoles and the Mobile Taquerias: Affect and space in post-Katrina New Orleans” is free and open to the public and will be located in Morgan Hall 109.

The 27th Annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies features A. Whitney Sandford, Associate Professor of Religion from the University of Florida. Her lecture on September 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the University Grand Ballroom is titled "Bread, Labor, Food, Freedom and the Mainstreaming of Sustainability." Our hope is that other departments and organizations will also provide forums or activities around the theme that will have broad University and community interest.

The University Theme Committee is open to suggestions and anyone is free to attend our meetings. The UTC will meet on Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2 fall semester. The meetings take place in Horrabin Hall Room 60 from 10:00am until 11:00am with a connection to the Quad Cities campus Riverfront A 218.

We look forward to your participation with the University Theme.


Heather McIlvaine-Newsad
Professor of Anthropology, Sociology & Anthropology

Cynthia Struthers
Associate Professor, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Michelle Janisz
Director of Student Activities

Nancy Parsons
Associate Provost

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Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3232