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Visiting Scholar Program: Food is What Connects Us

Tuesday, 10/29/2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Coats Campus Center, Wille Hall

Scholar lecture at COCC focuses on food as unifier

In an era of heightened exclusion and protectionism around the globe, Amy Harper, Ph.D., points to food as a unifier.

The anthropology professor at Central Oregon Community College will discuss the role of food as a force for community building in a presentation titled “Food is What Connects Us: Immigration, Community and Activism at the Dinner Table,” at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, October 29, at the Coats Campus Center’s Wille Hall. This COCC Foundation event is free and open to the public; RSVP at

Harper recently returned from a sabbatical in Berlin, Germany, where she conducted research on the intersection of food, immigration and activism. The educator will share a case study that involved neighborhood activists in Germany where food helped build community while simultaneously celebrating differences.

For more information on this event, contact Charlotte Gilbride, coordinator for the Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program, at 541-383-7257 or This event is sponsored by the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund and Associated Students of COCC.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola at 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact Disability Services at 541-383-7583.

Food is What Connects Us