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Common Theme

The Common Theme is a yearlong program to engage the campus and community in the ideals of a liberal arts education and the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary mission. It is designed to encourage faculty, staff, students, and community members to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a shared experience with open discussion and critical thinking.

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What's for dinner? The answer to that simple question profoundly influences our individual health and that of our communities, impacts the natural environment locally and globally, and drives many gender and social justice issues. Food is one of the most enduring ways that diverse cultures celebrate their rich traditions. Food, and all that food entails, at its very core is interdisciplinary. From its earliest days, UW‐ Green Bay was "Eco‐U", an interdisciplinary institute and one that to this day embraces sustainability. Today's food issues must be understood from a variety of viewpoints if we are to have any meaningful positive impact on the health and sustainability problems facing our communities and our planet.