Thinking Big About Food

How can we teach students to see the big picture when analyzing food systems? This was the central focus of a Studio co-organized in July 2016 with Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. The purpose of the event was to create a community of practice working on developing and implementing curricula in food systems courses by sharing methods for interdisciplinary exploration of complex, interacting elements in food systems that include but are not limited to agriculture (agronomy), anthropology, biology, ecology, economics, environmental science, human geography, medicine, nutrition, public health and sociology.

The workshop had 90 participants from 24 institutions ranging from community colleges to Ivy League universities in the U.S. and Canada, and one from Chile. Almost 100% of the evaluations indicated success in accomplishing the objectives of the conference. 

One teacher attending the workshops remarked: 

“I learned more here than at any other workshop, meeting, conference that I have attended in the 6 years I have been a faculty member. Inspiring!”