DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University faculty member Christopher Fink, Ph.D., shares thoughts on leading Travel-Learning trips to Italy and on working with students to conduct food-related research here in Delaware in the latest edition of Edible Columbus magazine.
Fink, an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan and chair of the Department of Health and Human Kinetics, has led multiple trips to Italy to study issues including the relationship between the Mediterranean culture and Italian lifestyle. His research interests also include physical activity and dietary behavior change. While in Italy, he learned about the Granaries of Memory project, which seeks to collect food-related memories and traditional knowledge from around the world using video interviewing. He has since brought the concept to Delaware.
“While a project like this has its pedagogical and philosophical goals, one of the most enriching aspects is working with students in this manner,” said Fink, who joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 2007. “Students were forced to break out of their preconceived notions about food, and consider the variety of meanings that individuals hold with respect to food that move far beyond just sustenance, health and enjoyment. One student stated that the process ‘has helped me to gain a better connection with food overall. I also will think more about how food and culture interrelate.’”
Read Fink’s article, “The Granaries of Memory: A unique project brings Ohio food traditions to Italy,” on Pages 24-25 of Edible Columbus. Learn more about the OWU Department of Health and Human Kinetics.
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