Initial Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Addressing Food Security Issues in Your Course

Next Webinar

Water and Food Sustainability
Wednesday, February 15th
10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Thursday, February 9th

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Rebecca Boger (CUNY Brooklyn College), Heather Karsten (Penn State University), and Steve Vanek (Colorado State University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Issues related to food security showcase the interactions between geoscience, policy, agriculture, and society. Teaching about these topics helps students see the connections between geoscience and their daily lives. This webinar will highlight teaching strategies and examples using an interdisciplinary systems thinking approach to help students consider food security issues. Rebecca Boger, InTeGrate module author, will discuss strategies for addressing food security using technology such as ArcGIS online from "The Wicked Problem of Global Food Security" module. Heather Karsten and Steve Vanek, co-authors of the course "The Future of Food", will discuss materials for teaching about food systems with examples that focus on a systems approach to managing soil quality, and food system impacts on natural systems. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding food security.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • access to strategies to address the complex issues involved in understanding the wicked problem of food security
  • motivation for teaching about food systems
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials
  • new colleagues engaged in this work.


Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is now closed.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Rebecca Boger, Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Brooklyn College

Heather Karsten, Plant Science, Penn State University

Steve Vanek, Soil and Crop Science, Colorado State University


ITG webinar Addressing Food Security Issues in Your Course (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 19.7MB Feb9 17)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) The Wicked Problem of Global Food Security – Rebecca Boger

  • Interdisciplinary systems thinking using ArcGIS online
  • Urban sustainability project

3) Future of Food course – Heather Karsten

  • Crop life cycles and environments
  • Soils and a systems approach to soil quality
  • Interdisciplinary systems thinking

4) Future of Food course – Steve Vanek

  • Assessing food system impacts on natural systems and sustainability

5) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you plan to (or currently) incorporate food systems and/or food security issues in your course?

6) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about addressing food securty issues, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

7) Other modules and courses that address water resources – Rory McFadden

8) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

9) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 614.4MB Feb9 17).