Conservation You Can Taste: The Role of Ethnobiologists in the Collaborative Conservation of Food Diversity

The University of South Carolina, in partnership with other colleges around the Southeast, will bring celebrated ethnobiologist and nature writer Gary Paul Nabham to Columbia on October 18 – 20, 2016 for a public lecture and other programming. South Carolina Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in September 2016.

Gary Paul Nabham is an internationally-recognized nature writer, agrarian activist, and ethnobiologist who tangibly works on conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He has written numerous books, including Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods (2001), Food Genes and Culture – Eating Right for Your Origins (2013), and his most recent publication: Ethnobiology for the Future: Linking Cultural and Ecological Diversity (2016).

Nine colleges and universities in the Southeast are partnering to bring Gary Paul Nabham on a tour to promote his most recent book, Ethnobiology for the Future. While visiting the University of South Carolina, Nabham will present a free lecture on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Gambrell Hall.  There will also be a special ticketed reception on Tuesday, October 18 at City Roots that will feature food using local, heirloom ingredients. Nabham will also visit the College of Charleston and Wofford College in October.

For more information about Gary Paul Nabham’s visit, contact Professor Gail Wagner at 803-777-6548.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.