Film by Professor Laura Vazquez to be shown at DeKalb Public Library

An award-winning film by NIU Professor Laura Vazquez will be shown for the first time in DeKalb on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the DeKalb Public Library’s Yusunas Room.

Think Globally – Eat Locally is a 30-minute documentary film that was filmed in DeKalb County in 2016. The film features interviews with local famers, food experts and health professionals to examine better ways to use farmland, alleviate hunger, preserve the soil and strengthen the community.

Laura Vazquez
Laura Vazquez

Think Globally – Eat Locally has won several awards, including official selection in 2018 at both the Geneva Film Festival and the Illinois International Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the 29th Big Muddy Film Festival in 2017.

Following the film, a panel discussion and question and answer session will more closely examine the impact food issues have on everyday life.  Panelists will also discuss what is currently being done locally to improve food issues and what can be done in the future to continue this improvement. Participating in the panel are:

  • Laura Vazquez, NIU faculty member in the Department Communication Studies and Board of Trustees professor;
  • Dan Kenney, founder and executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens;
  • Lisa Cumings, community wellness coordinator for Northwestern Medicine in DeKalb;
  • Denise Curran, homeless liaison for the Regional Office of Education in DeKalb.

The library is located at 309 Oak Street in DeKalb. This free program is sponsored by Barb Food Mart, a food pantry serving families in the DeKalb School District.

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