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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: Fair Food

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: ArtsRiot, 400 Pine St.
Description: This Dish discussion will explore the themes of labor and social justice within Vermont’s vibrant local food system, discussing both what’s working and what we can do better. We’ll learn about some of the challenges facing agricultural production today, both nationally and right here in Vermont, and about some alternative models that are responding to these issues.

Panelists:
Teresa Mares - University of Vermont, Huertas Project
Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland - UVM Extension, Farming Across Cultures
Lorenzo Alcudia - Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante
Hilary Martin - Diggers’ Mirth Collective Farm
Moderator: Alison Nihart, UVM Food Systems Initiative

Additional details: www.citymarket.coop/dish

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: The University of Vermont Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series presents Journalist and Culinary Historian, Laura Shapiro, Monday, March 30, at 4:00 pm, in the Fleming Museum, room 101.

Laura Shapiro is a journalist and historian who has published widely on women and cooking in america. She got her start in Boston, writing about feminism for the alternative press, and then spent sixteen years covering the arts, food and women's issues for Newsweek. She is the author of three books, most recently, Julia Child.

Laura's talk, "Stuffed Eggs and Shrimp Wiggle in the FDR White House", will be followed by a reception in the Marble Court of the Fleming Museum. The Lecture is hosted by the Food Systems Graduate Program with the Department of Anthropology, the Department of History and the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program.

In addition to the Burack Lecture, Laura will also participate in a Food Journalism Roundtable on Tuesday, March 31, at 9:00 am, in the Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. This event will also feature food writers, Rowan Jacobsen and Molly Stevens, with a book signing to follow.

Sponsored by the Food Systems Graduate Program

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Food Chain$ Screening

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple, Davis 4th floor
Description: Doors open at 6:00 pm. Please arrive early to get a seat!

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

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in A

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Williams 301
Description: Featuring guest speakers Liz Carlisle & David Oien

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 Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group, 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, April 28, 2015

Tierralismo Film Screening

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis 4th Floor
Description: Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm is a documentary about the history and practices of one of Cuba’s most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative).

Tierralismo introduces viewers to agronomists and senior management, as well as the workers who plant, plow, and propagate. What began as a necessity—farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers—has become a source of pride to co-op members. The film shows how they fertilize with compost and cow manure, raise their own insects for biological pest control, and have even created a fully biodegradable alternative to the plastic bag for use with seedlings.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Isis Salcines, one of the co-founders of the Organoponico.

For questions about the event, please contact margaritafernandez2@yahoo.com. Sponsors include the Food Systems Initiative and the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group

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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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