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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Dish IV

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: ArtsRiot
Description: Moderator: Alison Nihart, UVM Food Systems Initiative

Details forthcoming

Organized by City Market and the Intervale Center

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Guest speaker: Laura Shapiro

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Fleming Museum 101
Description: Eleanor's Power Menus: Stuffed Eggs and Shrimp Wiggle in the FDR White House

Laura Shapiro is a nationally acclaimed journalist who focuses on issues of food and gender. She was a columnist for sixteen years at Newsweek magazine, writing about women’s issues, food and the arts. Her essays have been published in The New Yorker, Gourmet, The New York Times, Slate and many other publications. Shapiro has also made invaluable contributions to the field of food history; all her books look at the importance of women and women’s relationship to food and cooking in the United States. Her first book was Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century (1986), which the University of California Press has reissued with a new Afterword. She is also the author of Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America (Viking, 2004), and Julia Child (Penguin Lives, 2007), which won the award for Literary Food Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2008. Her essays have been anthologized numerous times, including in the Library of America’s American Food Writing. She also was the co-curator for the widely acclaimed exhibit “Lunch Hour NYC” at the New York City Public Library.

Sponsored by the Food Systems Graduate Program

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Food Chain$ Screening

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis 4th floor
Description: This documentary tells the story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ fight for food justice. Followed by a panel discussion with farmworkers from Migrant Justice and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, moderated by Food Chain$ Co-Producer Barry Estabrook.

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Sponsored by Shelburne Farms, Migrant Justice, the Intervale Center, City Market, Slow Food Vermont, NOFA-VT, the Vermont International Film Foundation, and the UVM Food Systems Initiative

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Guest Speakers: Liz Carlisle & David Oien

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Williams 301
Description: "Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America"

Book signing to follow
Free and open to the public

In her new book Lentil Underground, Liz Carlisle, a protégé of Michael Pollan, tells the remarkable story of an unheralded group of Montana farmers who have defied corporate agriculture by launching a unique sustainable food movement. Montana farmer David Oien, co-founder of Timeless Seeds, is one of those farmers.

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Liz Carlisle is a fellow at the Center for Diversified Farming Systems at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography, also from Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard University.

David Oien is a lentil farmer from central Montana and co-founder of Timeless Seeds, producer of heirloom organic lentils and specialty grains.

Sponsored by the Food Systems Graduate Program, the Department of Plant and Soil Science, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and the Food Systems Initiative

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Winter Break

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Break

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Winter Break

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