Butler University professor Terri Jett, Ph.D., will examine how efforts to increase access to healthy foods connect people in other ways during a January appearance on the Hanover College campus.

Butler professor Terri Jett

“Food Connects Us All,” an assessment of how food production and distribution can affect people’s ideas about “community” will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 23, at the Ogle Center. The event is open to the public, free of charge.

Many urban and suburban dwellers enjoy farm-to-table restaurants, shop at farmers markets or subscribe to community-supported agriculture programs. These offerings give a face to farmers and connect urban eaters to rural growers. In recent years, however, urban communities have planted gardens inside city lines to help reduce food deserts and food insecurity by increasing access to healthy items, including fresh fruits and vegetables.

This change in approach to where and how food is grown has both challenged and mystified the once-common image that farms are rural and cities are concrete jungles. The divergences in “traditional” food production and distribution have shown the ability to redefine and expand people’s ideas about “community” across urban-suburban-rural lines.

Jett, who is currently writing the book, “Farming for Justice: Food Access and the USDA,” is an affiliate faculty member of Butler’s Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. She also serves as a special assistant to the provost for diversity and inclusivity.

The presentation is being held as part of Indiana Humanities’ INseparable Speakers Bureau. The event is sponsored by Hanover’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Hanover is one of 24 organizations selected by Indiana Humanities to host a Hoosier scholar through the INseparable Speakers Bureau. This curated list of informative presentations, discussions and workshops by Indiana scholars is designed to help Hoosiers understand and talk about urban, suburban and rural differences.

Through the next two years, Indiana Humanities’ INseparable programming will push Hoosiers to look beyond the demographics of the urban-suburban-rural divide to consider the people behind the data. With programming that facilitates discussion, self-examination and fresh perspectives, Indiana Humanities seeks to help residents from all settings cross boundaries and gather to explore the opportunities and challenges we share.