MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will offer a new, interdisciplinary certificate program titled “Food, Culture and Society.” It will address such issues as how food can have different meanings and uses for different people, how fast food originated in the United States, why people going hungry at the same time that obesity is becoming an epidemic, and where the food on our plates comes from and who produces it.
The program will be taught by NMU professors Mohey Mowafy of the health, physical education and recreation department, and Michael Broadway of the geography department.
There are three required courses: cultural food patterns, offered from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Winter ’06 semester, which begins in January; geography of food systems, an evening course that will be offered in Fall ’06; and a special topics course titled ancient and modern agricultural patterns in the upper Midwest.
The latter is comprised of a week-long field trip through Wisconsin and Minnesota. Participants will visit livestock operations, community-supported agricultural farms, and processing plants. The trip is tentatively scheduled July 30 through Aug. 6 and will cost approximately $600, which covers transportation and hotel, plus tuition.
For more information, call 227-2366.