Food For Thought Series
Celebrating its 20th Year!
Learn on your lunch hour! The Food For Thought learning series takes place at the Winona County History Center. Programs, Films, and Book Chats begin at 12:05 p.m. and last approximately one hour (unless otherwise noted). The 4th Wednesday of each month, a book is discussed by the FFT Book Chat group, but all are welcome to partake. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. A beverage is served. All are free and open to the public.
Book Chat When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
April 25, 12:05 p.m.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
(Amazon.com Book Description.)
Program - Anne Pellowski: Storyteller to the World, with Mary Farrell and Anne Pellowski
May 9, 12:05 p.m.
Anne Pellowski was raised by a farm family of Polish heritage in Trempealeau County, WI and was a voracious reader of books about other countries and believed she would someday travel to all those countries. She discovered her life’s vocation through her studies in languages and library science which led her to New York City where she pursued her career, first as the children’s librarian at the NYC Public Library, and later as founding director of the Information Center on Children’s Cultures for the United States committee at UNICEF. Through her work at UNICEF and other international agencies, she traveled to over 120 countries, assuring children had access to books in their native language by conducting workshops on cloth bookmaking and storytelling. She has also authored 20 books including the Polish American girl series. Since her retirement, she has lived in Winona, Minnesota and travels several times a year to places around the world leading workshops. Filmmaker Mary Farrell traveled with Pellowski to Kenya in 2014 and filmed her workshop and decided to share Pellowski’s story of courage and determination as an ambassador for cultural and international understanding. This film won the Peoples’ Choice Award at the Frozen River Film Festival!
Book Chat A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
May 23, 12:05 p.m.
The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. (Amazon book description)
Program, Bluff Country Co-op and the Importance of Local Agriculture with Melissa Gordon,
June 6, 12:05 p.m.
Bluff Country Co-op’s Marketing and Owner Services Manager will tell us all about how food co-ops work and how they work with local farmers. Melissa will explore the roles the co-op has in supporting local agriculture and why. Come learn more about where our food comes from locally and get a chance to see Rooted in the Land: Minnesota Women Farmers on exhibit through June 10. Some of the women farmers featured in the exhibit are going to try to make it too!
Book Chat Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra and John Cullen,
June 27, 12:05 p.m.
The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair. (Amazon book description)
Read ahead! The July Book Chat book will be The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Echoes of War
May 2 and May 9, 7- 9 p.m. at the History Center, Free, Open to Public
Echoes of War is a series of public discussions that uses literary texts and personal stories to engage Veterans and members of the public in dialogue on the memory of war in personal and public history. Led by trained community Discussion Leaders, events will be held throughout 2017-18 in Northfield, St. Paul and Winona. These events are free and open to the public – materials and refreshments will be provided. The project is spearheaded by the Minnesota Humanities Center with local partnerships in the hosting communities. This project is made possible thanks to a “Dialogues on the Experience of War” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Trash or Treasure Class
May 15, 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the History Center, Free, pre-registration required
Join Sandy Erdman as she leads this engaging class through the ins and outs of identifying antiques and researching their rarity, value and demand. We love it when you think of donating your old objects to the museum; however, not everything is an artifact; but it doesn’t mean that old fur coat or set of china in your attic is not valuable in another way! When you think Trash or Treasure you can think of the items you may be getting rid of to downsize or the items you can find on road trips to garage sales, flea-markets and antique malls. Sandy will teach you how to be a better collector, and you will learn the best resources to become your own “appraiser”. Attendees should bring ONE small item or a photo of one item that will all be discussed as a group. You will learn to use price guides and what is becoming popular in 2018 to collect. Sandy will also have some great give-a-ways and gift certificates to area antique shops. Sandy Erdman is a certified appraiser and columnist/writer on Antiques & Collectibles and writes for the Rochester Post Bulletin and is from Rochester, Minnesota. This class is free but has limited space, so please register in advance by calling 507-454-2723 ext. 0 by May 12.