Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class & Sustainability in Vibrant Food Movements
A talk, discussion and book signing by Alison Hope Alkon
Monday March 5 at 7pm
Gerlinger Lounge at the University of Oregon
Sponsors: University of Oregon Department of Geography, Department of Sociology, and Environmental Studies Program
Co-sponsors: Huerto de la Familia, University of Oregon: Slow Food, OSPIRG, Women’s Center, Climate Justice League, Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living, and CSWS Food in the Field Research Interest Group
More information about the event:
Popularized by such best-selling authors as Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Eric Schlosser, a growing food movement urges us to support sustainable agriculture by eating fresh food produced on local family farms. But many low-income neighborhoods and communities of color have been systematically deprived of access to healthy and sustainable food. Alison Hope Alkon, co-editor of Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, will speak about the ways that race and class inequalities permeate the food system, from production to distribution to consumption. After her talk, Alison will facilitate a discussion of how issues of race and class affect the diverse and vibrant movements working to create a more just and sustainable agriculture.
More about Alison Hope Alkon:
Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, University of the Pacific
B.A., Emory University, 1999; M.A., University of California, Davis, 2003; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2008.
Alison has published numerous articles on food, race and environmental justice. Her next book, Black, White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy is due out in the spring of 2013. During graduate school at UC Davis, she lived in an on-campus student cooperative where they made decision by consensus, managed extensive organic gardens, and worked to become leaders and educators on campus sustainability. It was here that she became interested in the relationship between food and agriculture, environmental sustainability, and issues of identity. The themes of food, environment and inequality continue to permeate both her intellectual and social life. In 2005, she moved to Oakland to pursue dissertation research on how efforts to promote the consumption of local and organic food manage issues of race and class identity. She is also involved in a collaborative project on environmental justice issues in the Central Valley. In her personal life, she has become an avid fan of the outdoors, and she spends much of her free time wandering the East Bay hills and exploring California’s spectacular landscapes.
Website for the book, Cultivating Food Justice : http://cultivatingfoodjustice.com/wordpress/
Alison’s website: http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Colleges/College-of-the-Pacific/Academics/Departments-and-Programs/Sociology/Faculty/Directory/Alkon.html