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“Beyond Survival: Food’s Meaning for Us” is the topic of Lower Columbia College’s winter quarter Community Conversations speaker series.

The free lectures take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 17 to March 14, in Room 101 (Laufman Lecture Hall) in the Health and Science Building at the college, 1600 Maple St., Longview. Food and beverages are allowed in the lecture hall.

The Community Conversations discussion series examines a current topic each quarter during the academic year (fall, winter, spring). Attendance is free and open to the public. Presenters can include LCC faculty and local community and business representatives. Students may receive credit by enrolling in Humanities 106 (Community Conversations).

The schedule

Jan. 17

  • : The Mediterranean Diet, presented by Jessica Koolman, instructor of natural science.

Jan. 24

  • : Chemistry of Food, presented by Armando Herbelin, instructor of chemistry/natural science.

Jan. 31

  • : Foraging, Picture Books, and the Larder, presented by Andrea Gillaspy, adjunct reference librarian.

Feb. 7

  • : Fermented Foods: Microbes Rule!, presented by Kyle Hammon, dean of instruction.

Feb. 14

  • : Battles With Food — Notes from a Journey to Overcome Emotional Eating, presented by Merry Bond, instructor of nursing.

Feb. 21

  • : Food and Evolution, presented by Trey Batey, instructor of anthropology.

Feb. 28

  • : Community Gardens, presented by Louis LaPierre, instructor of biology..

March 7

  • : Flexitarianism, presented by Amber Lemiere, instructor of English; and Morgan Salisbury, instructor of earth science.

March 14

  • : Homebrewing 101, presented by Alex Brahm, Oregon Brew Crew education chair; and Len Hallock, 2018 Oregon State Homebrewer of the Year.

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