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Friday, October 3, 2014

Bringing Back the Bees

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Davis 403 (Williams Family Room)
Description: A View from the Front LInes of Pollinator Research: Join Penn State bee experts Jim and Maryann Frazier as they shed light on the cuases and controversies of the ongoing honeybee crisis. Jim, a Professor Emeritus of Entomology, and Maryann, SEnior Extension Associate, will share what research has uncovered—and what mysteries remain. Learn about the struggle to protect both polinators and crops, and find out what you can do to help bees survive. Join us for a lively campus conversation on a critically important topic! Bring your questions for a lively Q&A with the Fraziers.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Food Sovereignty Initiatives in Chiapas, Mexico

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Davis 422 (Jost Foundation Room)
Description: Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson
Professors and researchers at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, Mexico

Chiapas is among Mexico's poorest states, with a dark history of exploitation that spawned the Zapatista uprising. In recent decades, and especially following the implementation of NAFTA, food production and retailing have become increasingly industrialized and corporatized. A diffuse movement for food system sustainability and justice is emerging, in which indigenous farmers and other peasants, urban producers and consumers, new markets, formal education, traditional knowledge and agroecological innovation all have a role to play. Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson both have PhD's from the University of Michigan and are researchers and professors in the Agroecology Group at ECOSUR in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, México. Their current research focuses on scaling up agroecology through formal and informal education, local markets, and social support networks.

Co-sponsored by the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

For additional information, contact Martha Caswell at martha.caswell@uvm.edu.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Food Day

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Activities throughout the day across campus. For details, see www.uvm.edu/foodday

Tour of the Intervale
10am, 180 Intervale Road

Lecture: José Maria Tardin
11am-12pm, Billings Library North Lounge

Fair Trade Bananas
2 pm, Davis Quad

Community Goat Roast
5-7pm, Mt. Mansfield Room, Davis Center

Slow Food Student Potluck
Time & Location TBD

Real Food Entrees
Available at Lunch & DInner at all Campus Dining Locations

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José Maria Tardin - Agroecology in Brazil

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Billings North Lounge
Description: José Maria Tardin is a member of the Brazilian Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), working in the pedagogy sector, in technical schools for agroecology in Brazil and the Americas. Since 2005, he has been a coordinator of the Latin American School for Agroecology (ELAA), located on the Contestado agrarian reform settlement in the county of Lapa, one hour from the Paraná state capital Curitiba, in the south of Brazil.

Sponsored by the Food Systems Initative and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

An Evening with Michael Pollan

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Ira Allen Chapel, UVM
Description: Join us for an evening with Michael Pollan, author of "Cooked," the 2014 UVM First Year Read
Host: Amy Trubek, Associate Professor in Nutrition and Food Sciences
Tickets are limited.
Details: www.uvm.edu/~slife/orientation/?Page=summerread.html&SM=menu-fyprograms.html

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cooked: A Conversation for Hungry Minds

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Location: Fleming Museum Room 101
Description: UVM professors weigh in on Pollan and what's next for the sustainable food movement

Panelists:
Benjamin Eastman, Anthropology
Shoshanah Inwood, Community Development and Applied Economics
Alec Ewald, Political Science
Lisa Schnell, Honors College (Moderator)

Acclaimed food system writer Michael Pollan has helped many of us better understand food, and our relationship to it, through his books The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Cooked. What happens when we apply a scholarly lens to his writing? In this panel discussion, UVM faculty will dig into the issues that arise when we look at Pollan's work from the perspective of different academic disciplines, and offer insights on the opportunities they provide for the sustainable food movement. The panel discussion will conclude with a Q&A with the audience.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Break

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Break

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Break

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Break

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Food and Moral Predicaments in Rural China: Past and Present

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Mildred Livak Room, Davis Center
Description: Presented by Ellen Oxfeld, Middlebury College

This lecture will explore how food in China has been implicated in a variety of moral predicaments, in particular, famine, food safety and filiality.

Ellen Oxfeld is the Gordon Schuster Professor of Anthropology at Middlebury College. Since the mid-1990s, she has returned several times to do fieldwork in a village in Meixian, Guangdong Province, China, where she has investigated moral discourse, changes and continuities in life-cycle rituals, changing gender roles, transformations in property and class relations, and most recently, changes in the local food system. Her most recent book, Drink Water but Remember the Source, explores moral discourses in a period of economic transformation. Her next book looks at changes in the contemporary Chinese food system.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Food Chain$ Screening

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 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 student activists from UVM and Middlebury College.

Watch the trailer at www.foodchainsfilm.com/

Sponsored by UVM Real Food Revolution, Middlebury Juntos, Migrant Justice, and the UVM Food Systems Initiative

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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.

Watch the trailer at www.foodchainsfilm.com/

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.

Learn more at www.lentilunderground.com.

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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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UVM Food Systems Summit

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Cntr
Description:
The Right to Food: Power, policy, and politics in the 21st century

The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. Keynote speakers include Raj Patel, Claire Kremen, and Smita Narula. Panel discussions and networking conversations throughout.

More details: www.uvm.edu/foodsystemssummit

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

UVM Food Systems Summit

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Cntr
Description:
The Right to Food: Power, policy, and politics in the 21st century

The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. Keynote speakers include Raj Patel, Claire Kremen, and Smita Narula. Panel discussions and networking conversations throughout.

More details: www.uvm.edu/foodsystemssummit

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