Campus Theme

The Compelling Questions We All Face

The Campus Theme program facilitates and coordinates a host of events, lectures, and discussions centered around an enduring and ultimate question of human experience—a fresh question each academic year. Events are open to the general public.

2014–2015 Campus Theme: What Is Food?

Unless otherwise noted, all Campus Theme events will be held in Anderson Chapel on North Park's Chicago campus. Get directions to our campus or download a campus map.

Dr. Jackie Berning

Food as Fuel: Eating for Optimal Performance on the Field and in the Classroom

Dr. Jacqueline Berning | Friday, February 20 | 10:30 am
Johnson Center, 314

How does what you consume create the energy you need to get through the day? Can you optimize your nutrition to get the results you want in the gym? If you’re an occasional athlete, do you need to eat like an Olympian? North Park University welcomes Dr. Jacqueline Berning to discuss the importance of food as fuel.

Dr. Berning is professor and chair of health sciences at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where her expertise is in sports nutrition, teaching students and athletes how to make wise food choices for increased performance. She works extensively with collegiate athletes at University of Colorado, Boulder, where she has consulted for more than 20 years. Dr. Berning has also served as nutrition consultant for the Denver Broncos, nutrition coordinator for USA Swimming, and sports dietitian for the Cleveland Indians and the Colorado Rockies.

Dr. Berning’s research is primarily in nutritional requirements for sport and exercise. She is the author and editor of several books, including Training Nutrition and Nutrition for Sport and Exercise. She earned her PhD in nutrition at Colorado State University, and is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Board Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and educator, and currently an advisory board member at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.


Mindful Eating as a Lenten Pratice

Dr. Suzen M. Moeller, associate professor of nursing for health sciences, invites North Park students, faculty, and staff to observe the season of Lent through practice of mindful eating. Contact her for more information.

Campus Theme: What Is Food?

Upcoming Events

Campus Theme Day, March 25, featuring lecture from Dr. Norman Wirzba, professor at Duke University and author of Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, a panel discussion on the reality of hunger in America with Dr. Wirzba and Tim King from Sojourners, and a Poverty Banquet.

Youth, Advocacy, and Food — a discussion with Erica Elion of Bread for the World on April 18.

Previous Events

Monica Eng

Trick or Treat: The Questions of Food in Chicago

Monica Eng | Friday, October 31 | 10:30 am

News Release: WBEZ's Monica Eng to Help North Park Explore 'What Is Food?'

Once considered a light subject, today food has become inextricably linked with politics, health, ethics, economics, and the environment. From food deserts and lunchrooms to factory farms and slaughterhouses, our daily food choices reverberate with implications across our community and world. Join Monica Eng as she offers her take on some of the thorniest food issues today and shares what she’s learned from reporting on them.

Having served as both a food and dining writer and a food policy reporter, Ms. Eng has chronicled the rising relevance of the food we eat and the forces that influence it. A reporter and producer at Chicago Public Radio, Ms. Eng co-hosts WBEZ’s weekly food podcast, Chewing the Fat. Prior to joining WBEZ, she covered food, culture, and food policy at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. Her food writing there was nominated for five James Beard awards.

Bich Minh Nguyen

Are We What We Eat?
Stories of Cultural Identity and Cuisine in America

Bich Minh Nguyen | Thursday, November 6 | 7:00 pm

News Release: Common Read Encourages Reading for Pleasure

Bich Minh Nguyen (pronounced Bit Min New-`win) is the author of the novel Short Girls, this year’s North Park University Common Read. Short Girls received the American Book Award and was named one of the Library Journal’s best books of the year. She has appeared on programs such as NewsHour on PBS and All Things Considered on NPR to discuss the themes of immigration, food, and family. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the FOUND Anthology, and the Huffington Post.

Ms. Nguyen was a baby when her family fled Vietnam in 1975. They eventually settled in Michigan, where she grew up. These experiences formed the basis of Ms. Nguyen’s memoir, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s best books of the year.