In this course, we will learn that food is much more than simply a necessity for physical nourishment. While it is easy to take the implications of food for granted, it is a product with powerful societal and environmental impact. Class activities and discussions will focus on American food culture past and present; how changes in agricultural approaches and food industry practices have affected the availability, safety, and amount of food we eat; and the environmental and economic impact of food policies and culture. We will consider how advertising, the impact of processing, and the preparation of food affect consumer health and examine the presence of food insecurity in a land that produces plenty. In the end, our plates will be filled with servings of culture and sustainability.
*Class capped at 25 students.
My interests lie in the area of chemical education. At the college level, I am currently developing a new experimental sequence for second semester organic labs. I am also interested in increasing the
conceptual understanding and performance in general and organic chemistry, as well as introducing the excitement and relevancy of chemistry to non-science majors. Currently technological avenues and peer-instruction are being explored to improve learning and interest.
Wright Family Fellowship 2011-2014
SENCER Model for Teaching Scientific Literacy, awarded to a developed non-science majors chemistry course, Everyday Chemistry, by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2000
DuPont Teaching Award, Cornell University, 1991
Rogan Kersh received his B.A. from Wake Forest in 1986, and returned as provost and professor of political science in July 2012. In this role he oversees the University’s academic mission and programs on the Reynolda Campus, working closely with President Hatch, the academic deans, and faculty and administrative colleagues to support and enhance research, teaching, and graduate and
undergraduate programs of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Wake Forest’s Schools of Business, Divinity and Law. He also coordinates academic programming with the administration of the School of Medicine. Prior to arriving at WFU, Kersh was associate dean of NYU’s Wagner School of
Public Service, where he was professor of public policy.
Kersh has published two books, on American political history and on health policy, and his Debating American Government (with James Morone) was published in January 2013 by Oxford University Press. He has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he has won four university-wide teaching awards. Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC.