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Food Sovereignty and US Food Movements

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 03:30 PM

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Join us Tuesday, October 8, for a conversation with Alison Alkon and Teresa Mares about how the food justice and food sovereignty movements stand to benefit from one another.

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy invites you to join us for our third annual policy workshop webinar series, Frontiers in Food and Agriculture. In response to the growing interest in food and agriculture policy, both globally and locally, the series, co-sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, will investigate four broad themes. Part I explores linkages between theory and practice in food justice; Part II, a legal framework for the new food movement; Part III examines GMOs and intellectual property, and Part IV, the farm bill and the future of farming.

In the third presentation of the series, Alison Alkon, chair of the sociology department at the University of the Pacific, and Teresa Mares, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Vermont, will discuss their ongoing ethnographic work on how food movements unfold on the ground. Exploring how the movement for and discourse of food sovereignty plays out functionally in alternative food projects, they will look at how the unique histories of race and class in the United States differentiates food justice from food sovereignty and how these movements stand to benefit from one another.

Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Registration is available online at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/498446839.

About the Speakers: Alison Hope Alkon is assistant professor and chair of the sociology department at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her research explores how race and class identities and inequalities affect and are affected by access to adequate, healthy and culturally appropriate food. Her various books and articles, which include Black, White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy (UGA 2012) and Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (MIT 2011), have contributed to the establishment of food justice as a burgeoning academic area of inquiry that seeks to understand, compliments and takes its cues from activist efforts. Her new project, Food Justice and the Challenge of Neoliberalism describes three strategies through which activists respond to neoliberalism in creative yet constrained ways. Alison received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in 2008.

Teresa Mares is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Vermont and is affiliated with the Transdisciplinary Research Initiative in Food Systems. She received her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Sociocultural Anthropology in addition to a graduate certificate in Women Studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Mares' research focuses on the intersection of food and migration studies, and she is particularly interested in the ways that the diets and foodways of Latino/a immigrants change as a result of migration. Her dissertation We Are Made of Our Food: Latino/a Immigration and the Practices and Politics of Eating investigated how the claims of Latino/a immigrants to food justice and food entitlements are made, reshaped, and denied in Seattle, Washington. Analytically, Dr. Mares engages with theories and concepts of citizenship and transnationalism, identity and foodways, and contemporary social movements. She is currently developing a new ethnographic project on food access strategies and food security concerns within Vermont's migrant worker community.

About the Series: Co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, our third annual webinar series highlights emerging issues in food and agriculture policy. The series is designed for academic and policy communities as well as the general public and is available to everyone online. The webinar format enables interested parties to access and participate in these presentations from anywhere in the world. The series is free and open to the public; presentation recordings are available online approximately one week after they air live.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac-based attendees
Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees
iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Frontiers in Food and Agriculture Webinar Series Schedule 2013-2014

To join the webinar mailing list for updates and registration information, please contact Susanne Stahl at susanne.stahl@yale.edu.

Linking Theory and Practice in Food Justice

Tanya Fields, Executive Director, BLK ProjeK
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 12:00-1:00 PM EDT
Recording: http://vimeo.com/75242749

Maria Trumpler, Director, Office of LGBTQ Resources
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Registration: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/402736559

Alison Alkon, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of the Pacific
Teresa Mares, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Vermont
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

A Legal Framework for the New Food Movement

Jason Foscolo, Principal Attorney, The Food Law Firm
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Laurie Ristino, Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Rachel Armstrong, Executive Director, Farm Commons
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Janelle Orsi, Executive Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

GMOs and Intellectual Property

Laurie Beyranevand, Assistant Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director, Center for Food Safety
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM ESTT

Lauren Handel, Counsel, The Food Law Firm
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

The Farm Bill and the Future of Farming

Kari Hamerschlag, Senior Analyst, Environmental Working Group
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Martha Noble, Vice-Chair, Agricultural Management Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources
Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Ariane Lotti, Assistant Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator, Practical Farmers of Iowa
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT






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