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UIS "political art" series continues with a look at "The Future of Food"

November 14, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield's new series Political Art and the Public Sphere will continue Thursday, November 30, with the film "The Future of Food" at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The film will be followed by a discussion session; both are free and open to the public.

Series facilitator Richard Gilman-Opalsky, UIS assistant professor of political philosophy, asks, "What do globalization, privatization, and new technology have to do with your food? Unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. The health implications, government policies, and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply."

"The Future of Food" offers a critical investigation into this trend and examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what people eat as multinational corporations move toward control of the world’s food system.

Each program in the Political Art and the Public Sphere series features a showing or performance of some kind of "political art," followed by a group discussion of the issues it raises. "The basic idea behind PAPS is to consider how 'art' raises provocative social and political questions," Gilman-Opalsky said.

"Public spheres are the places where people come together to communicate, to evaluate, and to circulate ideas and arguments," he added. "In the public sphere, people form a collective political opinion and will. Ultimately and ideally, the public sphere brings the interests and demands of the public to bear on those who hold power."

For more information about this program or the PAPS series, contact Gilman-Opalsky by phone at 206-8328 or by e-mail at rgilm3@uis.edu.

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