At the beginning of the 20th century, Indiana and the Midwest were considered, as Frederick Jackson Turner put it: “the heart of the Republic.” Most people lived in the countryside and agriculture was their defining trait. This began to change in 1920as more people moved to cities and towns. David will trace this history and bring it forward to the present, looking at how creative entrepreneurs are using our food and agricultural heritage to spark new life in and among urban, suburban and rural communities today. Despite the cultural and economic forces that have contributed to Indiana’s rural/exurban/suburban divides, David’s talk describes how some smaller communities are using the creative and culinary arts to attract new residents and revitalize their sense of place.
David is an award-winning journalist, playwright and essayist. He is currently a Contributing Editor for NUVO, the alternative weekly in Indianapolis. His books includenPersonal Indianapolis, a collection of NUVO columns, and Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, about the food renaissance in Indiana. His work has appeared in the Notre Dame Review, Utne Reader, New Art Examinerand Library Journal. Davidis editor of the essay collection Where We Live: Essays about Indiana and has been awarded nine first place Indiana Society of Professional Journalism Awards and a Time-Life Creative Writing Fellowship. He lives in Long Beach, Indiana.