Three Community Semester events coming up

January 22, 2013

Indiana State University's Community Semester has three events planned for this upcoming week.

The Community Semester, which focuses on the theme "Our Town," is a way for the College of Arts and Sciences to showcase what it does best and to encourage faculty and students to share what they are learning to the community. It is also a way to bring innovative ideas in the science, humanities, liberal and creative arts to the area.

On Jan. 30, the American Democracy Project will host an event from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Cunningham Memorial Library that will feature representatives from racial and ethnic groups and international jobs in the Wabash Valley.

On Jan. 31, the Indiana State University School of Music will showcase a Faculty Gala Concert, which will include performers such as the Brass and Woodwind Quintets and Qstring quartet. This event will take place in University Hall at 7:30 p.m.

In Federal Hall on Feb. 2 from 1 - 4 p.m., a panel discussion on the need for local food will take place. The discussion will include leaders of Terre Foods Cooperative Market, a local grower, representatives from Sodexo and the Farmer's Market. People will learn about the local food movement and what is happening in Terre Haute to provide local food to consumers.

After the panel discussion, the audience will have the opportunity to meet with the panelists in small groups to have more in-depth discussions about local foods. The final hour of the event will feature the showing of the film "Fresh" that talks about the local food movement.

"This event is a good opportunity for our community to join the discussion on local and organic foods and to hear how a group is working in town to develop the Terre Foods Cooperative Market which would be a full-service grocery store providing local and organic food to our community," said Jim Speer, associate professor of earth and environmental systems and executive director of the Institute for Sustainability at Indiana State.

Terre Foods is kicking off its final membership drive in the month of February to reach 600 members, a number which organizers say will support the building of a store in Terre Haute.

"We are currently at 475 dedicated members that are working together to realize this goal of having a full-service grocery store focusing on local and organic food in Terre Haute," Speer said. "It will provide economic development opportunities for growers, provide jobs in the downtown area and provide all of Tree Haute with easy access to the best quality local and organic food."

A complete list and description of the Community Semester's activities may be found at: http://www.indstate.edu/cas/communitysemester/

Writer: Beth Pickerill, media relations assistant, bpickerill1@sycamores.indstate.edu or 812-237-3737