“Food for Good” symposium presentations will be available to view throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Please note: The Kwame Onwuachi (“Notes from a Young Black Chef”) video will only be available for viewing until Oct. 22, 2020.

view the Symposium sessions

Tuesday, Sept. 22  



4:30 p.m.

Art Exhibit "Food Matters"
Sunday, Aug. 23-Wednesday, Sept. 23
Cyrus M. Running Gallery
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that off-campus guests schedule an appointment to view the exhibit by calling 218.299.4623.

Gallery Talk
Jonathan Rutter,
executive director and curator of The Rourke Art Gallery

7 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session
"Notes from a Young Black Chef"
Kwame Onwuachi, award-winning chef and author of "Notes From a Young Black Chef"

Wednesday, Sept. 23  
9 a.m.

Plenary Session
"What A Waste: The Impact and Opportunity of Wasted Food"
Jonathan Bloom, journalist, food waste consultant, and author of "American Wasteland"

10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session
"Creating Food, Creating Community"
Andrea Baumgardner, local chef, restaurant owner, and James Beard Award nominee, in conversion with Megan Myrdal ’09, M.S., R.D., co-founder/director of operations, Food of the North

11:30 a.m.

Food Demonstration
"Cheap and Good, or How to Get 13 Eggs Out of a Dozen"
"Reveling in the International Market Scene"
Amy Thielen, chef, TV cook, and two-time James Beard Award-winning writer; author of "The New Midwestern Table" (a cookbook) and "Give a Girl a Knife" (a memoir)
Lunch – featuring recipes from Kwame Onwuachi’s book

Anderson Commons 

1 p.m.  
Plenary Session
"Indigenous Food"
Sharon M. Day, Ojibwe, executive director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, writer, playwright, and water walker
2 p.m.  
Plenary Session
"A Resilient Lunch: Feeding the World Despite Disasters"
Dr. Amy Kircher ’97, senior advisor of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, and an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota
3 p.m.
Plenary Session
"Good Food Advocacy Through Storytelling"
Daniel Klein, director and filmmaker, producer of the James Beard Award-winning online documentary series "The Perennial Plate"
On-Demand Presentations
Watch the On-Demand Presentations

Can We Feed the Planet Without Destroying It?
Jackie Maahs, sustainability coordinator, Concordia College


Consider the Gumbo
Kevin Baggett, librarian, Concordia College
Jay Kirkland '22

Delicious, Delightful, Disgusting – Carolyn Korsmeyer on “Terrible Eating”
Dr. George Connell, professor of philosophy, Concordia College

Foods from God: Biblical foods and the Holy Eucharist
Dr. Mark Krejci, professor of psychology, Concordia College
Theresa Borchert, electronic resources librarian, Concordia College
Rick Melbye ’84, Pharm.D., R.Ph.


Cobber Bookstore

Books by symposium speakers, with signed bookplates, are available at the Cobber Bookstore.