1st Annual MALS Alumni Homecoming Event, May 2012

On Saturday morning, May 5, 2012 the Master of Liberal Arts Program held its first-ever Homecoming Event for faculty, alumni, and current students.  The centerpiece of our event was a panel discussion titled, “Feast, Famine, and Farming:  Perspectives on Food in the Modern World.”  In keeping with the theme of that discussion, we started the morning with a wonderful locally-prepared feast of breakfast foods from La Farm Bakery and organic coffee from Global Village funded in part by the CHASS Advisory enhancement fund.


Breakfast & Coffee from Le Farm Bakery & Global Village
Alumni socialize over coffee


Dean Braden joined us to offer some opening remarks on the history of the MALS program and its importance to CHASS and to NC State as a whole.


Dean Braden’s welcoming remarks were followed by a the panel discussion, chaired by MALS Alumna Natalie Hampton (2009), and consisting of three MALS faculty:  Dr. Michael Garval, Dr. Bob Patterson, and Dr. Seth Murray, who each brought different perspectives to our discussion of the way changes in the modern world have affected food production and our relationship to eating.


Dr. Michel Garval
Dr. Seth Murray
Dr. Bob Patterson
Dr. Patterson, of course, had books and ears of corn to pass around


Attendees asked questions and shared thoughts on how the topic related to their own lives or research.

MALS Director Dr. Michael Garval then presented the MALS Distinguished Alumni Award to Barbara Goodmon, for her work with the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and many other notable accomplishments.

Barbara Goodmon (Class of 2000) receives the MALS Distinguished Alumni Award


Following the awards presentation, the alumni mingled some more, enjoying the rest of the coffee, reminiscing about the program and speaking with faculty and peers.  Many commented on how the lively and engaging panel discussion was like being transported back into a favorite MALS seminar.












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