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Dialogue on Food Sovereignties - SOVEREIGNTIES Dialogue - Spring keynote

When: Thursday, May 9, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, Guild Lounge, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free! Public welcome.

Contact: Jill Mannor   (847) 467-3970

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Global & Civic Engagement


Spring Keynote of the Kaplan Humanities Institute's SOVEREIGNTIES Dialogue:

Dialogue on Food Sovereignties

In today's world, access to food is profoundly unequal. The food sovereignty movement demands that food should be a right of all people, regardless of race, politics, or class. In this conversation, two leading food sovereignty scholars, Raj Patel and Monica White, discuss the structural changes and community-based strategies that can make our food system more equitable. The discussion will be moderated by Northwestern's Amanda Logan, an archaeologist of food security.

Raj Patel, Research Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin, and member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

Monica White, Distinguished Chair of Integrated Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and past president of the Board of Directors for the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

Moderator: Amanda Logan (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology)

About the Sovereignties Dialogue

SOVEREIGNTIES is a year-long conversation that mobilizes humanities research to question, understand, and reimagine sovereignties—bodily, artistic, intellectual, geopolitical—and their global histories, contemporary challenges, and possible futures.

This Dialogue series seeks to examine Sovereignties in many dimensions. Restrictions on bodily autonomy—from borders to identity to reproductive rights—are pressing in familiar and unfamiliar ways. Collectives and individuals are practicing sovereignty beyond state formations—in gardens, on floating cities, in activist solidarities—even while confronting the consequences of pollution that seeps into bodies and foods. The Kaplan Humanities Institute Sovereignties Dialogue will contend with these contradictions, the histories that re-emerge in the present, and the forms of belonging forged against, within, and beyond the state.

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