"And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul." - Plato

Food is essential to life; it both unites and divides us. When food is good and plentiful, we are healthy and happy. When food is scarce or nutrient-poor, we fall easily into discord and disease. Food can be a financial engine for local communities, societies, and countries, or it can contribute to economic collapse. It can be a source of artistic inspiration, or abused through corruption and control of resources. It can be a centerpiece of celebrations, or, when denied, a form of punishment and torture. Food tells a complex story of humanity; it is a nexus where sickness and health, war and peace, art and darkness, and justice and greed intermingle.

The 2010-11 Food Series is a year-long, campus-wide, multi-disciplinary initiative probing the art, economics, philosophy, politics, and science of food. We will explore a range of issues relating to food such as: famine and food security, agribusiness, diet and culture, genetically modified food, wine, medicine, animal welfare, and more. We will celebrate the Food theme throughout the year in a variety of courses, public events and seminars, exhibits, demonstrations, outdoor fairs, and other campus-wide activities.

The Food series is a collaborative enterprise of academic and administrative departments, including the Art Museum and Museums 10, Science Center Directorship, LITS, and the academic centers on campus including the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, and the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts.