Join us April 13-15, 2023 at Wingate University for NetVUE's Spring Regional Gathering on food and vocation. Contemplate, learn, and network with scholars and practitioners at receptions and film viewings, over meals and keynotes, at panel discussions, and pedagogical workshops, and then take in the Charlotte StrEATs festival -- a two day celebration of chefs and local food cultures of Charlotte. The table is set, so come, taste and see.
April 13-15, 2023
7 p.m. Thursday, April 13 - noon Saturday, April 15
- Gathering Registration for NetVUE Member Participants (includes two nights' lodging): $50
- Gathering Registration for Non-NetVUE Member Participants (without lodging): $100
- Day rate (without lodging): $40 per day
Thursday, April 13
From 7 - 9 p.m., Thursday evening will include a Welcome from Wingate University Provost Jeff Fredrick and NetVUE Director David Cunningham. A reception will follow, hosted by Shea Watts and Catherine Wright, both Wingate Professors.
The reception will feature Stardust Cellars, an off-grid, sustainable meadery and winery specializing in method ancestral and foot-stomped, basket-pressed craft wines. Nicolas "Nico" Hogrefe, founder and owner of Stardust Cellars will be present during the reception.
Friday, April 14
- Enjoy a continental breakfast and table fellowship beginning at 8 a.m.
- A Welcome Message from Wingate's Chief Diversity Officer Dana Patterson and Catherine Wright, director of Wingate's Collaborative for the Common Good.
- The Keynote Address begins at 10 a.m. and will be delivered by Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School's Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
- Lunch will be provided by Chef Jordan Rainbolt from Native Root beginning at 11:35 a.m.
Norman Wirzba pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. He lectures frequently in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In particular, his research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life. He is currently the director of a multi-year, Henry Luce-Foundation-funded projected entitled “Facing the Anthropocene.” In this project, housed at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, he is working with an international team of scholars to rethink several academic disciplines in light of challenges like climate change, food insecurity, biotechnology and genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, species extinction, and the built environment.
Professor Wirzba has published several books, including Agrarian Spirit: Cultivating Faith, Community, and the Land, The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age, Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight, Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity, From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World, Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (in its 2nd Edition), and (with Fred Bahnson) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He also has edited several books, including The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land and The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry.
Workshop Session A:
Land & Food as Integral to Identity
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., participants can attend either of the following:
Interdisciplinary Explorations of Food, Vocation and Identity in Higher Education
Western Carolina University
Workshop Session B:
Justice as hospitality; hospitality as justice
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., participants can attend either of the following:
Food Business as Justice: Entrepreneurial Callings
Founder & Owner of Stardust Cellars
Redefining Hospitality: Exploring Vocation through Policy Advocacy with RAFI
Farm & Faith Partnerships Project Manager
Project Manager & Coordinator of the Come to the Table Program
Panel: Divine Banquet Exploration
Beginning at 2:40 p.m., moderated by Catherine Wright with a Panel Keynote Address from Laura Wright, a professor of English at Western Carolina University, where she specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism, and animal studies. Her monographs include Writing Out of All the Camps: J. M. Coetzee's Narratives of Displacement (Routledge, 2006 and 2009) and Wilderness into Civilized Shapes: Reading the Postcolonial Environment (U of Georgia P, 2010). She is lead editor (with Jane Poyner and Elleke Boehmer) of Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Works (MLA, 2014). Her most recent monograph, The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror, was published by the U of Georgia P in 2015. Her edited collection Through a Vegan Studies Lens: Textual Ethics and Lived Activism was published in February 2019 by the University of Nevada Press.
The Smell of Money
Day two wraps up with dinner and table fellowship at 5 p.m. followed by a showing and discussion of the documentary The Smell of Money. Discussion will be led by Larry Baldwin, Waterkeeper Alliance and NC CAFO Coordinator. There will be an exploration of the role of food, faith, vocation, and higher education in the quest for justice in Eastern North Carolina.
Saturday, April 15
Enjoy a continental breakfast and table fellowship beginning at 9 a.m. Then at 9:30 a.m. choose one of the following workshops to attend:
Workshop Session C:
Fruits of our labors
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., participants can attend either of the following:
Spirituality, Bread Making and Vocation
Edible Theologian & Baker
Limited space available, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Food and Vocation Case Study: Incorporating High Impact Pedagogy into Core Curriculum and Tracking Impact
Executive Director, Collaborative for the Common Good
Associate Professor of Religion & Philosophy