March 8, 2017

Eat, Learn, Shift Series (Spring 2016 and 2017)

FSU “Eat, Learn, Shift” Session Will Focus on Regional Food System, Food Choices and Food Security

The second annual session in the FSU “Eat, Learn, Shift” series focused on how the region can work together to support a sustainable food system. Campus and community members were invited to join the moderated discussion on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Frostburg Community Center on Water Street. Registration for the event is required by Friday, April 28. Participants enjoyed a buffet dinner by event partner, Shift Farm-to-Table Eatery.

Each session participant received a National Issues Forum guide titled “Land of Plenty: How Can We Develop a Food System That Works for All of Us?” The research-based guide was used to aid conversation to frame local concerns and develop actions to consider for collaborative problem-solving. The research-based guide was developed through focus groups and pilot sessions held by centers for public life from around the nation, including FSU’s Communication Leadership Lab in Frostburg.

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, associate professor of Communication Studies and coordinator of Leadership Studies at FSU, was a partner in the Kettering Foundation learning exchange that supported development of the lab, along with Christine Willingham, lecturer in Communication Studies and Leadership Studies. For their Communication Studies program internship requirement, some students serve as Communication Leadership Lab assistants, or apprentice communication practitioners, assisting with session planning and facilitation.

The event is supported by an FSU President’s Experiential Learning Enhancement Fund grant. Additional partners include Western Maryland Food Council, Frostburg Grows and Wholesome Harvest.

Last years event:

The first annual “Eat, Learn, Shift,” a community dialogue on food and culture was held Tues., April 5, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Frostburg Community Center in Frostburg, MD. This event featured Middle Eastern cuisine as a starting point for dialogue about food and culture, in cooperation with Shift Restaurant and Blaine Siegel, FSU leader-in-residence and director of outreach and education at Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh.  For more information on this event visit links below.