Carl Ipsen is an historian of modern Italy and has been a member of the IU faculty since 1994. For the past seven years, he was also director of the Collins Living-Learning Center at IU. Carl began work on creating the IU Food Project while serving as the co-chair of the IU Office of Sustainability’s Food Working Group (FWG) which has been promoting the Real Food Challenge and has organized biannual “food summits” aimed at: 1) advancing the discussion about sustainable food procurement with vendors and IU food services and 2) promoting more sustainable food choices among IU students. Carl also initiated a Sustainable Food Committee at Collins (in 2012) and has participated on the Edible Campus Steering Committee, and continues to organize communication across the many food groups on campus.
Kane Ferguson is a PhD candidate in Hispanic literatures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with a minor concentration in the Anthropology of Food/Food Studies. Her research follows an interest in food both anthropologically and in representations in contemporary US Latino narratives. Her dissertation, “Culinary Negotiations of (Im)Migration & Exile: Identity and Foodways in Diaspora Literature of the Spanish Caribbean” focuses on the themes of eating and cooking as they dialogue with identity construction and notions of alienation and belonging. Kane earned her MA and BA in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire (Durham).