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August 2017

International Seminar Series: Chocolate Politics

Date:
Wednesday, August 30th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Chocolate Politics: How Multinational Corporations, Governments, NGOs, and Critics Influence the Chocolate We Eat Speaker: Carla Martin, PhD., Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute Presentation Overview: In this talk, we will explore how politics affects what chocolate we can buy, how much it costs, how it tastes, what appears on labels, and how it impacts cacao farmers and the land on which they produce their crops. By examining the current state of the cacao and chocolate industry, we…

September 2017

International Seminar Series: Who Will Feed the World?

Date:
Wednesday, September 6th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Who will feed the world? Speaker: Clay Robinson, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Agriculture (AGR) at Illinois State University Presentation Overview: The one who has much bread has many concerns; the one who has no bread has only one concern. The world population is projected to surpass 9.8 billion people by 2050, and though that is only a 25% increase in population, the food demand is predicted to double as incomes rise and diets change. Increasing food production…

International Seminar Series: Harvest of Shame

Date:
Wednesday, September 13th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Harvest of Shame: Seeking Justice for Farmworkers Speaker: Miguel Keberlein, J.D., Director of immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group at Legal Assistance Foundation Presentation Overview: The modern-day agricultural system relies upon millions of migrant and seasonal farmworkers to feed our nation; yet these workers are some of the most poorly compensated and highly vulnerable workers in our society.  From H2A guest workers to traditional migrant farmworkers, our nation’s food system relies upon highly exploitative methods in order…

International Seminar Series: “Cruelty-Free” and the Commodity Chain

Date:
Wednesday, September 20th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: “Cruelty-Free” and the Commodity Chain: Applications of the Black Radical Tradition in Ethical Veganism. Speaker: Amie “Breeze” Harper, Ph.D. Author, speaker and diversity strategist and analyst with Critical Diversity Solutions; founder of the Sistah Vegan Project. Presentation Overview: Dr. Harper will discuss ethical marketing schemes of “Cruelty-free” and “sustainable” by analyzing particular vegan food items. Normally constructed as “cruelty-free” because no animals are harmed, these commodities are sold as “ethical” to thousands of vegan consumers in the USA. However,…

International Seminar Series

Date:
Wednesday, September 27th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Kelsey Timmerman, Author, Speaker, Touron. Author of New York Times Bestselling author of WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy. Speaker Bio: He writing has appeared in places such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community.…

October 2017

International Seminar Series: Using Satellites, Drones and Climate Data to Help African Farmers Better Manage Crop Losses

Date:
Wednesday, October 4th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Using Satellites, Drones and Climate Data to Help African Farmers Better Manage Crop Losses Speakers: James Jones, Executive Director, Katie Center for Insurance, Illinois State University Askar Choudhury, Professor of Quantitative Methods, Illinois State University (MQM) John Kostelnick, Associate Professor of Geography, Director GEOMAP, Illinois State University (GEO) Raquiba (Leena) Choudhury, Academic Scholar & Consultant in Climate Change Aslihan Spaulding,  Professor of Agribusiness, College of Applied Science and Technology, Illinois State University (AGR) Presentation Overview: During this…

International Seminar Series: Chocolate and Vanilla, Dialogues of Race

Date:
Wednesday, October 11th
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Chocolate and Vanilla: Dialogues of Race Speaker: Katie Sampeck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology (SOA) at Illinois State University Presentation Overview: Both cacao (from several species and varieties of the tropical Theobroma tree) and vanilla, an orchid with many species across the tropics, were both Mesoamerican cultivars with potent symbolic and social meanings and economic importance. This pre-Columbian cultural ecology took a dramatic turn within the context of early modern medicine and theories of sustenance, ingestion, identity,…

International Seminar Series: Fast Food, Farmer Suicides, and Family Well-Being

Date:
Wednesday, October 18th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Fast Food, Farmer Suicides and Family Well-Being: Food Systems that Impact Indians in India and Beyond. Speaker: Mudita Dave, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology Presentation Overview: Global food systems have been shown to have a lasting impact on the environment, ecology, and individual and community well-being.  Last two decades have seen rapid nutrition and epidemiological transition in India. Primary factors that have been demonstrated to influence these transitions include urbanization, rising individual incomes, increasing…

International Seminar Series: Creating Inclusive Conversations about Chocolate Quality with Cacao Producers

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Creating Inclusive Conversations about Chocolate Quality with Cacao Producers: An Avenue to Food Justice. Speaker: Christina Liberati, Project Manager at Equal Exchange, with Guests (Cacao producers from Latin America) Presentation Overview: In 2010, Equal Exchange, together with TCHO Chocolate, embarked on a multi-year USAID project with the goal of strengthening the cooperatives in their supply chain and engaging with them in new and innovative ways. In order for small cacao farmers to succeed in international markets, their…

November 2017

International Seminar Series: Insects as “Future” Food – Who Benefits?

Date:
Wednesday, November 1st
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Insects as “Future” Food: Who Benefits? Speaker: Gina Hunter, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology (SOA) at Illinois State University Presentation Overview: In this presentation, I discuss edible insects from an environmental and social justice perspective. Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in edible insects as “the future of food” in North America and Europe. New insect food products are marketed as especially nutritious and sustainable protein sources. Around the world, development experts have argued…

International Seminar Series: The Morality of Food

Date:
Wednesday, November 8th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: The Morality of Food Speaker: Richard Wilk, Ph.D, Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington Presentation Overview: Every day Americans think about foods that are “good” and “bad,” and see some kinds of eating as virtuous while others make them feel guilty. Many of us grow up feeling like wasting food is evil, and feeding other people is generous. There is every reason for food to have a close connection with morality – every religion has…

International Seminar Series: Constructions of Taste in Francisco Martinez Montiño’s 1611 Cookbook

Date:
Wednesday, November 15th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Constructions of Taste in Francisco Martínez Montiño’s 1611 Cookbook Speaker: Carolyn Nadeau, Ph. D, Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University  Presentation Overview: The concept of taste in early modern Spain, not too different from our 21st-century understanding of the term, focused primarily as a referent for one of the five senses, as the flavor of things either naturally or by way of seasoning, and finally, as a reflection of one’s aesthetic judgment. Drawing…

International Seminar Series: Slow Food – Act Globally, Eat Locally

Date:
Wednesday, November 29th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Title of Presentation: Slow Food: Act Globally, Eat Locally Speaker: Terra Brockman, Author, Speaker, Founder of The Land Connection. Presentation Overview: Carlo Petrini founded Slow Food in Italy in 1986 to highlight connections between the food we eat and its impact on people and the planet. As an “eco-gastronomic” movement, Slow Food connects environmental sustainability (eco) with culture and food (gastronomy). Today, Slow Food has over 150,000 members and is active in more than 150 countries.  The organization has many evolving programs,…