Food for Thought


This academic year, 2017-2018, William Paterson University will present a year of lectures, workshops, theater, music, film, art exhibitions, and panels around the topic of food. Entitled Food for Thought: A Unique Series of Events Exploring the Culture, Politics & Science of Food, and including international lunches and dinners and edible foraging hikes, will bring together William Paterson students, faculty, staff and food enthusiasts from our community to explore the many aspects of food in our society. 

Most events are open to the public. Please continue to check our website for information on Food for Thought Spring 2018 events. Spring events will include a musical performance by Jen Chapin, who will also talk about the work she has carried on for the non-profit Why Hunger, founded by her father, the late Harry Chapin; a panel on food-writing featuring, among others, Jordana Rothman, restaurant editor of Food and Wine Magazine; a Business of Food panel featuring executives from NJ-based food businesses; and a Distinguished Lecturer series talk by Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, who is acknowledged as the founder of the farm-to-table movement in the United States.

  • Food for Thought presents
    A Cook on the Wild Side
    Film and Discussion

    Apr 23, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
    Location: Cheng Library Auditorium

    Film and Discussion

    Does environmental sustainability mean it’s okay to poach, hunt and forage? Celebrity chef, food writer and environmentalist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, tackles these sometimes-controversial issues. A post-film discussion on the ethics and importance of hunting will be led by Iain Kerr, co-founder of SPURSE, which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership.

    Admission: Free