Back to the Foodture

Back to the Foodture

West Houston Institute Grand Challenge

How to Join

The Back to the Foodture challenge promises to be an exciting way to share both subject-specific knowledge and to explore interdisciplinary and cross-subject connections that surround a universal element of human life. The use of the food theme is no mere affectation or entertainment, but a recognition that this sort of project reflects the future of higher education: universal, interconnected, and applicable for both individual knowledge and community success. If you would like to join in this challenge and contribute your own ideas, please read on for more information.

Student Participation

As a student, you have two ways to participate in any West Houston Institute challenge:

Register for a Course

Each semester, there are faculty who have designed their courses to integrate the challenge into their curriculum. See the list below for upcoming course sections that will be offered.

Participate in an Event

To support the challenge, there are a number of events that are offered each semester as virtual or in person activities. These are free and open to anyone to attend. Check the Calendar of Events for more information about upcoming opportunities.

Faculty Participation

Participating faculty will be asked to approach the project from two vantages:

First, they will support exploration of the project theme of food from a course specific lens, integrating it into their subject area. This investigation will culminate with students in the course being asked to create a real world product that reflects both the course content “in action” and addresses the challenge question.

Second, faculty will be asked to join in a community of scholars and creative practitioners who will co-create a collective campus experience. The West Houston Institute will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary activities and presentations that support the project. IDEAStudio, the WHI makerspace, will provide project support through use of the digital tools in the makerspaces as well as through virtual and in person workshops that teach creative design processes and applications. The Learning Commons will curate general and discipline specific collections for the project and will work with individual faculty and students.

Finally, at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, WHI will host a culminating event that brings together students and faculty to demo projects and share their experiences. Student work will also be prominently displayed both digitally and in the spaces of the WHI to promote the project and inspire others.

Ready to Join Us?

If you would like to join us on this adventure or you have questions before you decide, please reach out to an of the principals involved the project:

Dr. Nazanin Hebel, Biology Faculty

Alexandra Almestica, Library Faculty

Jordan Carswell, Interim Director, West Houston Institute

Dr. John Swann, Manager, West Houston Institute

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For more information:

For questions about the challenge or more information about IDEAS Academy, email Jordan Carswell, Program Director, IDEAS Academy & Studio.

Courses Offered (Spring 2021)

The following courses will be participating in this challenge:

  • English Composition I (ENGL 1301) – Dr. Soyeon Lee (12345 MW 8-9:30am)
  • U.S. History to 1877 (HIST 1301) – Lauran Kerr-Heraly (12345 MW 8-9:30am)
  • College Chemistry I (CHEM 1411) – Dr. Jing Sun (12345 MW 8-(8:30am)