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Food Day poster lists week of eventsUpcoming Events Focus on Stewardship Topics

Nuclear power will be the topic for the first JMuse Café from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 on the third floor of East Campus Library.

The program, created by JMU Libraries, is designed to provide a forum that brings students and faculty together for academically rigorous discussions on complicated topics. Special guests will be Dr. Kevin Borg from the history department and Dr. Steven Whisnant, head of the physics department.

The concept is inspired and informed by successful grassroots café initiatives in communities around the globe, such as Socrates Café and Café Scientifique. JMuse Café will bring together a variety of learners and thinkers in a campus café environment that can dismantle the usual disciplinary and social boundaries that characterize typical classes and more formal student-teacher interactions.

The event is free with online registration at

Also new to JMU is a weeklong observance of Food Day. The Food Day kickoff will be from noon-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 when canned food will be collected on the Commons and the Warren Patio. Dining facility tours will take place from 2-6 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing

The Farm Course, a student-produced documentary, will premiere at the Memorial Hall from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. The documentary focuses on the farm internship program at JMU and sustainable agriculture in the Harrisonburg program. A discussion follows the film

American Meat, a documentary that discusses farming, agriculture, health and food with features of farmers, restaurants and chefs from the Shenandoah Valley, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Memorial Hall auditorium. A panel discussion and food reception will follow.

Food Day events will conclude with a global food lecture from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in Showker Hall, Room 105. Dr. Richard Oppenlander, author of “Comfortably Unaware,” will give the lecture.

More information about the Food Day celebration can be found on facebook at

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Visiting Scholars Program features Charles Hopkins, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair at York University in Toronto. Hopkins will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room about the Education for Sustainable Development: Over halfway through the decade of ESD and a long way from sustainability.

An Urban Water Quality Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Highlands Room at the Festival Conference and Student Center on JMU's campus east of Interstate 81. The workshop will focus on stormwater management techniques, urban landscape management practices and connections of these practices to water quality. Please RSVP at or by phone at (540) 434-5928 by Oct. 24. There is no cost.

Andrea Wulf, author of “The Founding Gardeners,” will be speaking at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in Health and Human Services Room 1302. Her talk will focus on the attitudes of the founding fathers toward plants, gardens, nature and agriculture, and how it helped shape the American nation.