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Convocation Begins 2012 School Year, Dedicated Semester

Fontbonne Starts the Year with a Full Plate
ST. LOUIS — As the farm-to-table food movement spreads across the country, Fontbonne University will spend an entire semester focused on food: what we eat, why we eat it, how it is produced, and how it affects our world.

“Foodology: The Culture, Economics and Science of Food” is the subject of the university’s 2012 dedicated semester, its 6th annual, a collaborative academic experience that encourages the entire university to explore a single theme each fall semester. The semester begins with Fontbonne’s annual academic convocation ceremony featuring speaker Curt Ellis, co-founder of FoodCorps – an AmeriCorps program that trains and places leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of service teaching children about healthy food, tending school gardens, and bringing healthy food to public school cafeterias.

A screening of Ellis' film, “King Corn,” will be held in the Lewis Room of the Fontbonne University Taylor Library at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. This is free and open to the public. Ellis will also appear at John Burroughs School, Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. for a film screening and Q&A, both open to the public.

“Mr. Ellis's work as a filmmaker and with FoodCorps make his the perfect voice to set the tone for our exploration of the many ways food impacts our lives,” said Jaimette McCulley, dietetics professor and co-chair of the 2012 dedicated semester. “He’ll discuss the ways people can make a difference in the world, focusing specifically on his own experiences with sustainability and food.”

Curt Ellis is an American filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and advocate for sustainable agriculture and healthy food. He serves as co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization FoodCorps. He shared a Peabody Award in 2008 for King Corn, which he co-produced and starred in, and in 2011 he won the Heinz Award for his work in the sustainable food movement.

Academic Convocation Details:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  • Academic Convocation (Speaker: Curt Ellis): 10:15 a.m. — Mabee Gymnasium
  • Fontbonne Community Connection Awards Presentation: 11:30 a.m. — DSAC Caf’
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit: Noon — Doerr Chapel
  • Welcome Back BBQ: 12:30 p.m. — AMC/Medaille Meadow
  • Golden Jubilee Reception, Sister Rita Maria Schmitz, CSJ, 1:30 p.m. — President’s Reception Room
  • Evening Convocation (Speaker: Curt Ellis): 7:15 p.m. — Mabee Gymnasium