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2013 Fall Re-visioning Food Sovereignty: U.S. Supply and Consumption


November 20, 2013

Dana Bah’lgai Eldridge

Dana Bah’lgai Eldridge is a policy analyst at Diné Policy Institute, located at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. Since 2011, Dana has researched the Diné Food System to understand how the Diné diet and lifestyle changed as a result of colonial efforts of the United States and how the Navajo Nation can work to rebuild […]

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November 12, 2013

John Vandermeer

The dual problems of biodiversity loss and world hunger have traditionally been envisioned as belonging to separate and largely independent domains.   Recent years, spurred by the actions of grassroots organizations in the Global South, these two problems have come to be seen as two sides of the same coin. This lecture will explore some […]

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November 5, 2013

“The Price of Sugar”

In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by […]

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October 15, 2013

“Fair Tomatoes: A Story about Justice, Dignity, and Sustainability”

Immokalee is the tomato capital of America. If you’ve bitten into a tomato during the winter season, it was picked from Immokalee. This small Florida town is also home to abuse, unjust labor conditions, and sub-standard wages – impacting a workforce that numbers in the thousands. This documentary examines the history of the worker’s plight […]

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October 8, 2013

Julie Guthman

Many activists today want to grow their own food or teach others to grow their own food as a way to achieve social justice in the food system. While “getting your hands dirty in the soil” undoubtedly affords certain pleasures, the question is whether this approach is enough to radically transform how food is produced, […]

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October 1, 2013

Peter Howard

In the midst of a series of projects called The Hunger Cycle, founding Cornerstone artist Peter Howard shares the company’s history and unique process as well as his experience exploring hunger and food issues in Los Angeles through the lens of the recent school food production, Lunch Lady Courage. “We can look at cafeterias as […]

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September 25, 2013

A. Breeze Harper, PhD

How do the meanings PETA applies to vegan commodities, and their ‘anti-racist’ use of Trayvon Martin’s 2012 murder, signify how both post-humanism and post-racialism work to conceal the violence of neoliberalism and structural racism? In this lecture, Dr. Harper will present how PETA’s online vegan food guide sets the mainstream debate of ‘ethical food’ consumption, […]

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September 17, 2013

Raj Patel

Humanity produces enough food to feed everyone in the world today, and yet the world is disfigured by inequality. There are today one and a half billion people overweight, and one billion are hungry. And it’s likely to get worse. We’ll soon be living in a world of 10 billion people. The planet can’t sustain […]

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September 10, 2013

Robert Gottlieb

Food Justice can be considered: a) organizing to bring about food system change; b) a focus on equity and disparities; c) an entry point for a broader social justice agenda; or d) all the above. A food justice action-research agenda that seeks to identify and evaluate and engage in the ways that social movements can […]

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