Food For Thought Series


Film and Speaker Series: 2013-2014

UW-Stout's Sustainability Office hosts the annual Food for Thought Film and Speaker Series. 
This year's series will look at climate change and sustainable community development.     

October 17: The Price of Sand @ The Terrace, Memorial Student Center, 6:30pm
The Price of Sand is a documentary about the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening here at a rapid rate.  Come see the film followed by a discussion with director/producer, Jim Tittle.  This event is hosted by the Social Science Speaker Series.

October 23 (Campus Sustainability Day): Chasing Ice @ the Mabel Tainter, 6:30pm
'National Geographic' photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In 'Chasing Ice,' we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Balog's hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, 'Chasing Ice' depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.

November 6: Detropia @ Mabel Tainter, 6:30pm
The woes of Detroit are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. Detropia is a cinematic tapestry of a city and its people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.

November 8: Main Street As Laboratory: A Sustainable Cities Initiative Workshop @ UW-Stout's Memorial Student Center
Dr. Charles Connerly and Nick Benson of the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) visit campus.  The IISC oversees student projects that impact communities, such as energy use surveys and reduction measures, community design projects, alternative transportation studies.
This event is hosted by Sustainability Across the Curriculum Network.

  • 11:00am-12:00pm @ Cedar/Maplewood Room, Memorial Student Center: Presentation of the IISC's work by Dr. Charles Connerly
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm @ Menomonie Market Food Co-op: Lunch with interested community members, students, and university personnel 
  • 1:00-2:30pm @ Cedar/Maplewood Room, Memorial Student Center: World Café brainstorming session, co-facilitated by Joan Menefee and Connerly, brainstorm projects and partnerships with municipal and county officials, Sustainable Dunn, City Council members, Main Street Menomonie, Dunn County EDC, residents of Dunn County, etc.

Click here for directions to Memorial Student Center.  Parking is free in Lot 18 (near 10th Ave E and 6th Street E) after 4:00pm.  View the parking lot map here.

Sponsors include UW-Stout's Ally Initiatives, UW-Stout's Center for Applied Ethics, Sustainable Dunn, UW-Stout's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Network, and UW-Stout's Social Science Society.