Fall 2014 Events

Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

September 11, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

In this talk Matthew Booker will explore how urban Americans lost their faith in local food by investigating the food panics that helped replace locally-harvested shellfish as the Big Macs of the 19th century with industrial beef, pork and chicken as the daily food of the 20th century working poor.

Matthew Booker is an associate professor of History at North Carolina University, and a specialist in Environmental History and Western North American History.

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The Mima Mound Mystery- Solved?

The Mima Mound Mystery- Solved?

October 2, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Professor Emmanuel "Manny" Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State University in California, says prehistoric generations of pocket gophers created the vast fields of Mima mounds found in south Puget Sound, Eastern Washington and in other locations around the world. Local geologists and wildlife researchers aren't so sure.

Gabet's research sits at the intersection of geomorphic and biological process to shape landforms. Gabet has previously taught at the University of Montana and the University of California at Riverside, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Crustal Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science.

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