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Sign Up for the No Impact Week Food Conference “Is it Just Food?”

By January 26, 2017July 23rd, 2018No Comments

Post contributed by Melani Landerfelt, Community and Civic Engagement Graduate Assistant, Counseling Psychology PhD Student

Graphic of No Impact's Week Is it Just Food SymposiumAs part of the Annual College of Liberal Arts No Impact Week celebration, faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students are invited to present on any research they have done about food at the “Is it Just Food?” conference! Some examples may be but are not limited to: food policies, food movements, food and culture, food and arts, food and social media, food and environment, food and health, food and identity, and other food related topics such as community gardening, water, transportation, or recycling.

There is no registration fee and the conference will take place on Monday, March 27, 2017 at beautiful Pebble Hill. The conference is scheduled from 8:00am-3:30pm, but participants are welcome to come and go as needed. A free breakfast and lunch will also be provided! The registration deadline is February 13th, 2017, so visit the registration page and sign up today! This is a great opportunity for students to add to their resume or CV!

We will also have a keynote speaker, Dr. Charlotte Biltekoff, Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology at the University of California Davis. Her talk, titled “The Cultural Dynamics of Dietary Advice: It’s Not “Just Food” will touch on what it means to eat well in America and how ideas about eating well have changed over the last century. You may already know that it is important to know where your food comes from, but this talk will show us why it is also important to know where dietary advice comes from and will provide suggestions for engaging critically with ideas about food.

We have also invited local vendors, farms, and other organizations to attend and talk about their efforts to improve sustainable food practices in the Auburn community!
This conference is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and students representing different departments and colleges at Auburn University to come together, share their passion for food or other sustainability efforts and learn about the research on food that is being conducted on campus.
This one-day symposium is organized by the Auburn University Community and Civic Engagement Initiative in the College of Liberal Arts. For specific questions, feel free to contact the organizers: Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs (, or Melani Landerfelt, CCE Graduate Assistant (

We hope to see you there!

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