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Author and social change advocate Fred Bahnson to speak April 3 at Appalachian

BOONE—Fred Bahnson, a national advocate for deliberate living and mindful relationships with food, will give two public lectures April 3 at Appalachian State University.

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His first talk titled “Monk, a Rabbi, and a Heroin Addict Walk Into a Garden – The New Face of the Food Movement” will be presented at 12:20 p.m. in Room 205 of the Living Learning Center off Bodenheimer Drive on campus.

His second talk, “Soil and Sacrament – A Journey of Food & Faith,” begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. A book signing will follow his talk.

Parking is available for a nominal charge in the Rivers Street parking deck.

His campus visit is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy and Religion, the Department of Sustainable Development, the Department of Culture, Gender and Global Studies, University College and Watauga Global Community.

Bahnson is director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of “Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith” published by Simon and Schuster and co-author of “Making Peace with the Land” published by InterVarsity Press.

He holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Duke Divinity School. After being drawn to the agrarian life while serving as a peace worker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, Bahnson returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, N.C., which he directed until 2009.

His essays have appeared in Oxford American, Image, Christian Science Monitor, Orion, The Sun, Christian Century, and the anthologies “Best American Spiritual Writing 2007” (Houghton Mifflin), “Wendell Berry and Religion” (University Press of Kentucky) and “State of the World 2011—Innovations that Nourish the Planet” (Norton). His awards include a 2006 Pilgrimage Essay Award, a 2008 William Raney scholarship in creative nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, a 2009-10 Kellogg Food & Community fellowship, and a 2012 North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the N.C. Arts Council.