Village Books and the WWU Libraries are pleased to present WWU Connections, a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff. Join us for this engaging presentation and discussion.
Presenter Name: Gigi Berardi, WWU Professor
"Resilient Farms & Nourishing Foods"
The title of Gigi Berardi's talk is taken from her newest blog on foods and food politics, http://resilientfarmsnourishingfoods.blogspot.com/. In this talk, she will offer some provocative ideas on the decline of kitchen literacy, the rise of Trader Joe's Nation, the wisdom of Nourishing Traditions, and the power of Slow Food's mantra of Good-Clean-Fair. Books discussed include Ann Vileisis' Kitchen Literacy, colleague Carlo Petrini's Slow Food Nation, and Sandor Katz's The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved (also the subject of a recent New Yorker article).
Gigi teaches food and farm courses, as well as geography. Since coming to Western, she has continued her research and writing in both food studies and the arts and has received teaching and diversity honors. For three years, she served as the interim director of the Institute for Global and Community Resilience (now, the Resilience Institute), where she currently leads the Farm Resilience Project. Gigi offers summer study tours in Washington state and in Europe <http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/summer/swissitaly/index.shtml> in biodynamic farming and nourishing food traditions.
Co-presented by the Western Washington University Libraries.