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Food Talks

Stone Soup: How Recipes Can Preserve History and Nourish Community (Jennifer Roberts)

Thursday, May 18th, 5:30 PM

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Jennifer Roberts invites us to explore historical and contemporary recipes–and to consider how they work, why we collect them, and who we write them for. Together, we’ll examine how recipes can help us connect and create communities across time, distance, and culture. Participants are encouraged to bring any treasured recipes they’d like to share with the group.

This talk is part of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s “Let’s Talk Food” series, sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center, in spring term 2017.

Good Food, Bad Food: Agriculture, Ethics, and Personal Choice (Kristy Athens)

Thursday, April 20th, 5:30 PM

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes both industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts like community supported agriculture (CSA), farmers’ markets, and community gardens. These smaller, community-based efforts are on the rise as means to nurture community and create local and autonomous food systems. Kristy Athens invites us to explore our food choices and their impacts. Are our food choices as consequential as we’d like them to be? Can we significantly shape our agricultural systems by voting with our dollars?

This talk is part of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s “Let’s Talk Food” series, sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center, in spring term 2017.

Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon (Jennifer Burns Bright)

Thursday, March 13th, 5:30 PM

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Oregonians love the wild beauty of our 363 miles of coastline, but finding truly local seafood can be hard, even on the coast. The US imports approximately 90 percent of its seafood and ships out nearly as much to the global market. Why aren’t we eating more local seafood, now that preserving and distribution technologies are the most sophisticated they have ever been? Why do we consider seafood more a delicacy now than it has been in the past? Join Jennifer Burns Bright for an exploration of our relationship with sea foods, and of local traditions around harvesting and consuming the ocean’s bounty.

This talk is part of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s “Let’s Talk Food” series, sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center, in spring term 2017.

Feasting and Fasting: Foodways in Politics, Religion, and Social Life on the Swahili Coast (Tanzania) since 700 CE (Sarah Walshaw, Simon Fraser University) walshaw

Monday, March 6th, 12 PM

Knight Library Browsing Room

Dr. Sarah Walshaw teaches African History at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include Africa, Swahili Coast, ethnobotany, food and culture, oral history, and historical archaeology.

This talk is the third in a series of winter term talks co-hosted by African Studies and Food Studies.

Tuna and Post-War Pacific Policy (Carmel Finley, Historian of Science at Oregon State University)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 12:00-1:20pm

112 Willamette

American post-war policy supported the creation of a successful, American-style economy in Japan, a bulwark for democracy in the face of communism. The Americans rebuilt the Japanese fishing fleet after 1945, a fleet that had been too large for its waters in the pre-war world. The rapid expansion of tuna fishing in the Pacific soon spilled into the Atlantic, as Japanese and American boats searched for bluefin.

Co-hosted by Environmental Studies and History.

The metabolic response to short-term over nutrition in mice: does housing temperature matter? (Zach Clayton)

Friday, February 10th, 1:30 PM

Columbia 249

Zach Clayton is a a Ph.D. candidate in Human Physiology working in the Obesity and Metabolism laboratory, and a recipient of a 2016 Food Studies Grad Student Research Grant. His  research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate insulin resistance in response to over-feeding. Specifically, his studies aim to determine the role of insulin signaling within adipose tissue in the context of whole body physiology.


Rethinking Rural and the Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative (Malloree Weinheimer and Maddie Moore)

Tuesday, February 7th, 12 PM

Columbia 249

The Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative, based in Jefferson County, WA, is a network of local non-profit partners working for a common goal: to make “working lands” in Jefferson County productive and profitable, thus ensuring their long term viability. Each of the LandWorks partners provide expertise in different areas to help farmers and foresters succeed in Jefferson County. As a group, LandWorks partners work closely with farmers, foresters and other landowners to provide assistance in securing and preserving land, financial advising, marketing opportunities, educational training, and resource management.

Rethinking Rural believes that small rural communities are integral to the development of the economic, social and environmental health of our planet. We want to encourage a network of rural leaders that will push forth an agenda of growth and investment while remaining true to what makes rural communities special, unique, important and resilient. By encouraging collaboration, sparking creativity, passing on knowledge and brainstorming long term strategies, Rethinking Rural participants will become change makers in rural community resiliency and growth.



Cooking Culture on the West African Savanna (Stephen Wooten) wooten

Wednesday, February 8th, 12 PM

Knight Library Browsing Room

Dr. Wooten’s research aims to develop a rich and nuanced historical profile of “cooking culture” on the West African savanna. Drawing on archaeological and linguistic evidence, first-hand accounts from pre-colonial travelers and colonial administrators, and insights from his own long-term ethnographic research in the region, Wooten is developing a synthetic portrait of the region’s agricultural foodways and culinary practice.

Dr. Wooten is the director of the University of Oregon’s Food Studies program.

This is the second in a series of three winter term talks co-hosted by African Studies and Food Studies.

Food First: Justice, Security, and Sovereignty (Saru Jayaraman)

Monday, January 23rd, 10 AMsaru-jayaraman-300x190

Knight Library Browsing Room

The Center for the Study of Women in Society presents a keynote lecture by Saru Jayaraman and panel discussions focused on food justice issues. Jayaraman is the director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley and cofounder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United). She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016).



Cuba’s Food and Agriculture at the Crossroads (Galen Martin)

Friday, January 20th, 11 AM

348 PLC

This talk is on tourism, integration into a global economy, and a generation gap are combining to challenge and transform Cuba’s post-Soviet food and agriculture system. Dr. Martin recently traveled to Cuba to gain current perspectives on this transformation.




Taytu’s Feast: Nation, Food and History in Ethiopia (James McCann, Boston University)mccann

Tuesday, January 17th, 12 PM

Redwood Auditorium, 214 EMU

Dr. James McCann’s research and teaching interests include agricultural and ecological history of Africa, Ethiopia, and the Horn of Africa, field research methods in African studies, the agro-ecology of tropical disease, and the history of food/cuisine in Africa and the Atlantic world. He is the author of five books: Stirring the Pot: A History of African Cuisine (2010); Maize and Grace: A History of Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop (2005); Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land: An Environmental History of Africa (1999); People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia (1995); From Poverty to Famine in Northeast Ethiopia: Rural History, 1900-1995.(1989).

This event is part of a winter term series co-hosted by African Studies and Food Studies.



Farmland Conservation and Land Trusts in Oregon (Jared Pruch)picture1

Friday, November 18th, 12 PM

Columbia 249

Jared Pruch is a Master’s student in Environmental Studies, and a recipient of a 2016 Food Studies Graduate Student Research Grant. Jared’s research explores the role that Oregon’s land trusts are beginning to play in protecting agricultural lands from conversion to non-farm use, and examines the motivations and values behind this shift.



Plant Conservation & Food Security in the Western Ghat, India (Suprabha Seshan)seshan

Wednesday, November 9th, 12 PM

Columbia 249

Suprabha Seshan is director of the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary (GBS) in the Western Ghat Mountains [one of the 8 most biodiverse spots on the planet] in India, where a small team of rural women employ skills that place them among the world’s most advanced plant researchers and conservationists. She has lived and worked there for twenty-two years.

The Sanctuary is a centre for plant conservation, habitat restoration and environmental education and also a community. In 2006, on behalf of the Sanctuary she won the Whitley Award, UK’s top prize for nature conservation. She is an Ashoka Fellow. Her current focus is the restoration of one of India’s most endangered ecosystems: the high elevation shola grasslands.



Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest (Mario Sifuentez, UC Merced)forests-fields

Friday, October 28th, 12 PM

Knight Library Browsing Room

Maria Sifuentez is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Merced. The son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, Dr. Sifuentez grew up in rural Oregon, and earned both a BA and MA from UO. One of the first graduates with an Ethnic Studies major at the UO, he was also a longtime student activist. This lecture, based on Sifuentez’s new book of the same title, shows how ethnic Mexican worker responded to white communities that only welcomed them when they were economically useful, then quickly shunned them.





Food in schools: food insecurity, school gardens, and student food identity (Sarah Stapleton, Assistant Professor, Education Studies)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Friday, October 21st, 12 PM
Columbia 249
Dr. Stapleton specializes in science and environmental education. Several of her research projects explore ways in which food interfaces with schooling. In her dissertation work, Sarah partnered with four veteran teachers to explore issues of food insecurity, food and culture, and school gardens in a low-income urban school district. Sarah is currently partnering with Lane County non-profit School Garden Project to provide professional development and support for local teachers to use school gardens for inquiry-based science instruction that is compatible with the Next Generation Science Standards. Sarah will be sharing some findings across these projects, as well as thoughts on the role of food, food insecurity, and student identity and culture in schools.


“Gaining Ground” film screeninggaining-ground

Thursday, October 6, 7 PM

Bijou Art Theater, 492 E. 13th

GAINING GROUND, a feature-length documentary film by Elaine Velazquez and Barbara Bernstein, tells personal stories of farmers making extraordinary changes in their farming practices to feed their local communities sustainably grown produce and grains. The documentary interweaves experiences of urban farmer-activists in inner city Richmond, California, a small family farm in rural Oregon converting from commodity dairy to chemical-free produce and a large farm in the Willamette Valley transitioning from grass seed to organic grains. The film personalizes class, gender, race and environmental justice issues by rooting them within narratives of compelling individuals.

Co-sponsored by Food for Lane County and UO Food Studies.



Meet the Pioneer of Darjeeling Tea (Mr. Rajah Banerjee)banerjee

Wednesday, October 5, 6-8 PM

942 Olive Street

Rajah Banerjee, owner of the legendary Makaibari Estate, comes to Eugene on his first American lecture tour. Under Mr. Banerjee’s guidance, Makaibari has become India’s first certified organic, biodynamic, fair trade estate.

Join us as Mr. Banerjee outlines a vision for the future of agriculture.






Hoplore: Cultivation and Culture in Oregon (Makaela Kroin, UO Folklore Program)Kroin

Wednesday, May 25, 5:30-6:30 pm,

Knight Library Collaboration Center (room 122)

Makaela will present her research on the history, traditions, and regional cultures associated with the hop plant in Oregon. Her defense will include a screening of her documentary, “Hoplore,” and a viewing of her exhibit at the Oregon Folklife Network.



Zumba in the Fields?: Marginalized Farmworkers, Fit Citizenship, and the Neoliberal Security State in Farmworker Obesity Discourse.” (Sarah Wald, Assistant Professor of English)

Tuesday, May 10th, 12 PMSarah Wald

Columbia 249

Dr. Wald is the author of the new book The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship and Farming Since the Dust Bowl. The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the California fields. Little scholarship has focused on what these cultural productions tell us about who belongs in America, and in what ways they are allowed to belong. In The Nature of California, Sarah Wald analyzes this legacy and its consequences by examining the paradoxical representations of California farmers and farmworkers from the Dust Bowl migration to present-day movements for food justice and immigrant rights.

Cows and Chicks: An Ecofeminist Pragmatist Perspective on Livestock (Erin McKenna, Professor of Philosophy)

Friday, May 6th, 3 PM

Living-Learning Center SouthCows & Chicks

For much of humans’ agricultural history, milking cows and raising chickens was considered women’s work. Further, milk and eggs are the “products” of female animal beings. For some ecofeminists this creates a special connection and a special obligation not to partake of these agricultural products. Since the 1950s cows and chickens have been transformed into industrial animals and women have been replaced with automated industrial systems. This has allowed for further objectification of the animal beings and the increased consumption of them. In the case of cows and chickens, they are often presented as sexualized females, and human women are sexually objectified in advertisements promoting their consumption. An ecofeminist/pragmatist perspective will be used to examine the history and consequences of this intertwining of the lives and deaths of women, cows and chickens.




Voices from the Via Campesina Movement

Monday, May 2nd, 7 PM

Lawrence 115

La Via Campesina is an international social movement made up of peasants, agricultural workers, women farmers, fishermen and women,
pastoralists, indigenous peoples, and migrants around the world. This
movement coined the term food sovereignty, or the right of all peoples
to define their own local, culturally appropriate food systems.
Agroecology, a form of low-input, politicized, context-specific
sustainable agriculture, is seen as a key pillar to constructing food

Presenters Marlen Sánchez and Nils McCune will
highlight the work of Via Campesina to construct the Instituto
Agroecológico Latinoamericano (IALA) Mesoamérica, or the Latin
American Institute of Agroecology of Mesoamerica in Santo Tomás,


The Ant Farm Collective

Friday, April 15th, 12-1 PM

Columbia 249Ant Farm

The Ant Farm Collective, based in Eugene, is a innovative and collaborative approach to farming: emphasizing community-building, shared labor and shared harvest.

The Ant Farmers –Lauren Bilbao, Shelley Bowerman, Claire Schechtman, and Dan Schuler – came together as farm educators at the UO Urban Farm, and now operate this unique farming venture.



The Legacy of Cesar Chavez: Food Justice and Migrant Rights

Thursday, March 31st, 12:30-1:30 PM

Knight Law Center 184Cesar Chavez

A collaboration between Green Business Initiative, Latino/a Law Students Association, MECHA of Oregon, and the Coalition Against Environmental Racism. Panelists include Justin Freeman (General Manager, Hummingbird Wholesale), Lorena Manzo (Lead Organizer, Causa), and Marissa Garcia (Executive Director, Huerto de la Familia).




Food Careers talk: Community Food Systems & RARE

Friday, April 1st, 12-1 PM

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Interested in a career in food systems? This event is cohosted with RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments), which places AmeriCorps members with community partners throughout Oregon. Serving as a RARE AmeriCorps member can provide outstanding professional development and networking in community food systems.

This panel features both current RARE members, and program alumni who have established careers in food systems after their time with RARE (clockwise from top left).

  • Katy Giombolini, Rogue Farm Corps South Willamette Chapter Coordinator.
  • Danielle Hummel, ElderHealth & Living Sustainable Food Coordinator.
  • Lexi Stickel, Marion-Polk Food Share Community Food System Coordinator.
  • Julia Reynolds, Sustainable Cottage Grove Community Food Specialist.

RARE is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps positions in 2016-2017.



Culinary Tourism and the Contradictions of Sustainability (Lucy Long, author, Culinary Tourism)

Thursday, February 18th, 3-4:30 PM

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Culinary tourism usually emphasizes travel to taste exotic or gourmet food, food that is memorable and unique to a specific place. This emphasis creats issues surrounding the selection of dishes those places then offer to tourists, not only around the accuracy with which a dish may represent a place, but also the ways in which those selections may challenge the balancing of the four pillars of sustainability.



Oil Sands, Food Justice, and the Production of Knowledge in Canada’s First Nations (Zack Thill, PhD Student, UO Department of Geography)

Friday, February 5th, 12-1 PM

Columbia 249Zack Thill

Zack Thill is a recipient of a 2015 Food Studies Graduate Specialization research grant. “My work focuses on the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and conventional environmental monitoring techniques are being integrated by state monitoring agencies. In the context of northern Alberta, my research investigates how this confluence shapes Indigenous communities’ perceptions of wildlife contamination and land rights’ struggles.”




Slow Money South Willamette Valley: Erin Ely (Slow Money), Stuart Phillips (Red Wagon Creamery), and Kyle Akin (Crescendo Organic Spirits)

Friday, January 22nd, 12-1 PM

Education 276

Inspired by a visit from Woody Tasch in March of 2013 to the University of Oregon (author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, published in 2009) a few of us set out to help build resilience in our local food and farming economy by catalyzing low-interest loans to local, sustainable food and farming businesses.

Investing money as though food, farms and the fertility of the soil really mattered. Slow Money is bringing people together around a shared vision.  It starts with the soil, entrepreneurs (borrowers) are the seeds and Investors (lenders) are the water. Kyle.Akin.Crescendo (2) Stuart PhillipsErin Ely

Come and hear about how Slow Money is making a difference locally! Our presenters are local organizer Erin Ely, along with two local food businesses that have received loans through Slow Money: Stuart Phillips from Red Wagon Creamery and Kyle Akin from Crescendo Organic Spirits.




Maíz y el país : Political violence in Mexico and corn’s lessons for justice (Luz Rivera, Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino)

Thursday, November 12th, 12-1 PM

EMU Maple Room

Luz Rivera will speak about State-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world. Luz has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties.Luz bio photo

Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, women’s, peasant, and labor movements.

Luz Rivera Martínez, organizer with the Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino (CNUC) and the Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN).



In College and Food Insecure: America’s Crisis on Campus  (Dana Johnson, Nutrition Educator, Oregon State University Extension Service)

Friday, October 23, 11:30-1:30

Columbia 249

Despite growing awareness surrounding college food insecurity, being hungry is still synonymous with being a college student. Being a “poor college student” is not only normalized by American culture, it is also seen as a crucial element of the “college rite of passage.” These assumptions reinforce student food insecurity and, the imagery of students surviving on food items, such as Top Ramen, masks the existence of food insecurity on college campuses. Campus food pantries are increasingly popping up, and college hunger is starting to be understood, but this is just the beginning.

This talk will reflect on my past experiences helping develop and open one of the nation’s first campus food pantries, my graduate research that investigated college food insecurity, and the current climate and culture surrounding college food insecurity.


Food Talks in the Field: Sprout! Food Hub

Wednesday, October 14th, 4:00-5:00 PM

418 A Street, Springfield, OR

Join us on our inaugural Food Talk in the Field for a visit to the Sprout! Food Hub in downtown Springfield. Sprout! features a year-round farmer’s market, food business incubator program, a rentable commercial kitchen space for ‘pop-up’ restaurants, and two anchor food businesses: 100 Mile Bakery and The Abbey (Claim 52 Brewing). Food Hub Manager Dave Johnson will lead a tour of the facility and talk about the role that Sprout! plays in our local food system, and then we’ll visit with Leda Hermecz, the owner/operator of 100 Mile Bakery. This innovative food business sources all of their ingredients from a 100 mile radius: including grains, sweeteners, fats, and produce.

Space is limited; RSVP to if you would like to join.


From Protest to Policy: The Challenges of Institutionalizing Food Sovereignty  (Hannah Wittman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia)WITTMAN headshot

Friday, May 15, 2pm

Jaqua Auditorium 

To address the challenges of global food insecurity and environmental degradation, grassroots actors across the globe have called for the institutionalization of principles derived from the food sovereignty framework, including ecological sustainability, fair trade, and social justice. Challenges to food sovereignty include how to scale the implementation of these principles without losing connection to the principles of democratic engagement and the politics of locality. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and community partnerships in Brazil and Canada, I will share results from local initiatives, including our foodlands trust project, a working group on indigenous food sovereignty, and farm-to-school programs, in terms of their role in achieving food sovereignty in the Americas.


Food Studies Career Workshop

Friday, May 15, 10-11:30am

Columbia 249

Please come join folks from Food Studies and the local community at a roundtable to chat about food-related career paths. Representatives from UO, RARE AmeriCorps Program, Food for Lane County, Rogue Farm Corps, Sprout! Food Hub, and Lane Community College Culinary Program will be there to share information about their line of work in the food field. Light brunch provided. Fulfills the Career Workshop requirement for the Graduate Specialization in Food Studies. 


“Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience” Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) Northwest Women Writer SymposiumCSWS logo

May 7-9

University of Oregon campus and Downtown Eugene Public Library

The fourth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium will be held Thursday May 7, 2015, through Saturday May 9, 2015. Diana Abu-Jaber (CrescentThe Language of BaklavaBirds of Paradise) is the keynote author and will be joined by writers Novella Carpenter (Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer); scholar, activist, social justice novelist, editor Breeze Harper (Sistah VeganScars); poet Donna Henderson (The Eddy Fence), and others.

This theme opens conversations about the sensuality of food; food and culture; food shortages; hunger and poverty; health and eating disorders; climate change; misuse of natural resources; environmental racism; food distribution; genetic manipulation of seeds; and preparation and growing of food. Food is our daily bread, but in the practice of writing, what else feeds us? “Our Daily Bread” is a rich theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, humanity, gender, and community.

Please see link below for full program description and schedule.


Technology at the Table: Mobile Devices, Dining Out, and Social Connections (Ryan Eanes, PhD Candidate, Media Studies)

Friday, May 8, noon

Columbia 249

The Pew Research Center released figures this month that reveal that a full two-thirds of all American adults now own or regularly use at least one smartphone–and that even more importantly than talking, we use these indispensable devices to access email and the Internet, share photos and videos, play games, and much more. For better or worse, these handheld devices have also invaded our meeting places, including restaurants, and media coverage suggests that people aren’t too happy about it. But what are the realities of this digital incursion? Ryan Eanes will discuss his research into the topic during a brief talk.



Gourmands and Gluttons: The Rhetoric of Food Excess (Carlnita Greene, Visiting Assistant Professor in Media Studies)

Friday, April 24, 12pmcover

Columbia 249

From “supersizing it” to hoarding, we are living in an age of excess. Whether it is cars or housing, American culture is being driven by the old adage that “bigger is better.” Yet, although we often overlook it, nowhere is this rhetoric of excess more on display than within our food discourses.

While many would argue that the gourmand vanished from society at the end of the 19th century, this book contends that both the gourmand and its counterpart, the glutton, have moved beyond their historic roots to become cultural personae found throughout contemporary media and popular culture. Utilizing texts ranging from the Slow Food Movement to “food porn” as a cornucopia of visual fantasies, this book maintains that today the gourmand and the glutton have come to epitomize a rhetoric of excess far beyond the realm of food.

Dr. Greene’s research broadly operates at the intersections of food, media, and popular culture. Previously published on subjects as diverse as identity, style, and nostalgia, she is co-editor of Food as Communication/Communication as Food. Her most recent publication, Gourmands and Gluttons: The Rhetoric of Food Excess, is forthcoming from Peter Lang this year. Dr. Greene obtained her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where she also earned a Doctoral Portfolio from the Amèrcio Paredes Center for Cultural Studies.


Lentil Underground Project

Thursday, March 12, 11:30-1:30

Carson Dining Hall

UO Food Studies is excited to welcome Liz Carlisle and David Oien from the Lentil Underground project to campus on Thursday, March 12! ( The Lentil Underground team will be connecting with UO Dining Services and local distributor Hummingbird Wholesale ( to provide a lentil-themed lunch at Carson Dining Hall tomorrow. Folks from Lentil Underground, Hummingbird, and UO Food Studies will be present to provide information about the project and how Hummingbird and UO Dining Services are working together to support local, sustainable foods in the Willamette Valley and on campus.

If you’d like to learn more, please stop by Carson Dining Hall between 11:30 and 1:30. All are welcome, and you may to purchase a one-time pass for the dining hall if you’d like to partake in the lunch.


“I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!”: Overeating and the High Price of Consumerism (Kima Cargill, University of Washington)HiRes_Cargill__8644

Friday, March 6, 2pm. 

Jaqua Auditorium

Widespread overeating and obesity have resulted from cheap and ubiquitous hyperpalatable junk foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, and super sized portions — but that’s only half the story.

Kima Cargill argues that overeating is the logical outcome of a culture of insatiable consumerism in which loneliness, depression, and purposelessness drive consumption.  The limitless desire of consumers creates marketplace demand for an endless array of products promising satisfaction; however, consumerism ultimately fails to deliver what it promises. Instead, it leads to overeating, overweight, obesity, debt, hoarding and materialism, further undermining well-being and paradoxically creating an increased desire to consume as a means of self-soothing.

Kima Cargill is a clinical psychology professor at the University of Washington.  Her research examines how overeating is influenced by living in an affluent culture focused on consuming material goods, luxury experiences, food, medications and alcohol. Her forthcoming book is entitled The Psychology of Overeating: Food and the Culture of Consumerism (Bloomsbury, 2015).


Gender in Africa and the African Diaspora RIG Lunch Event with Dr. Nadine Iyangui

Tuesday, February 24, 12-1:30pm

PLC 159

Dr. Nadine Iyangui is a geographer at Omar Bongo University in Libreville, Gabon. Her specialties are in the fields of medical geography and geographic systems information. She will be giving a brief talk on health, obesity, and gender in Gabon, and will have time to answer questions and interact with attendees.

Lunch will be served with vegetarian options

Sponsored by the Center of the Study of Women in Society’s Gender in Africa and African Diaspora RIG and the University of Oregon’s
Gabon-Oregon Center

“Enduring and Emerging Food Landscapes of the Marche Region of Italy” (Galen Martin, Environmental Studies and International Studies) 
Thursday, February 19, noon. 

Columbia 249

The Marche Region of Italy maintains a rich tradition of small to medium scale agriculture that supports a broad range of artisan food production. This presentation uses changing agricultural landscapes as a point of departure for investigating the challenges of maintaining such traditions.

“Know Your Food: Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and the question of the local.”
Thursday, February 19, 4-6pm.
Gerlinger Lounge

“The Capital’s Chinese Pigpen: A Political Ecology of Industrial Pig Production in the People’s Republic of China.” (Avi Conant, Asian Studies Master’s student) 

Friday, February 13, noon. 

Columbia 249AviConant

The talk will explore the political ecology of pig production in China, focusing on agroindustrial efforts to transform domesticated Sus scrofa as a source of food, profit, and social power. Situating this project within historical-geographic analyses of agrarian production, state building, capital accumulation, and ecosystems change, Avi will discuss the ongoing relationship of pigs, people, and place to the politics of “modernity” and “development” in the People’s Republic of China.


Green Business Initiative Student Association’s 9th Annual Symposium
“Exploring Food Rights in Your Backyard and Around the World”
Friday, February 6, 2015

For registration and conference details, please visit:

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Local Food Connection Conference

Monday, February 2, 8:30-4:00. 

Lane Community College

The 9th annual Local Food Connection is happening on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Lane Community College in Eugene. This event connects local farmers, ranchers and fishermen with area food buyers (chefs, grocery stores, restaurants, and distributors), creating business opportunities that support and sustain our local food supply system.  The day includes a keynote address–this year focusing on distribution– a networking session, workshops, and a fabulous local lunch.


The Eugene Natural History Society presents “Soil: What It Is and How it Works!” (James Cassidy, Instructor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State JamesCAssidySoilUniversity)

Friday, January 16, 7:30pm. 

Willamette, Room 100

Cassidy describes his talk this way: It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this lecture. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, and how soil stores water and nutrients — the fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know!




“Is it the Good Turtle Soup or Merely the Mock?” (Peter Laufer, School of Journalism and Communication, James N. Wallace Chair of Journalism

Friday, January 23, noon. 

Columbia 249

Join journalism faculty Peter Laufer to hear about his new book, “Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling.” In this talk, he will expand on Cole Porter’s question vis-a-vis the believability of organic food labeling, taking the audience with him as he travels from Traitor Joe’s on Coburg Road back to Kazakhstan in search of the ghost orchard where his “organic” walnuts were grown, and from the Market of Choice on Franklin Boulevard back to the South American Chaco where he found the farmer who cultivated his organic black beans.


Recipe: The Kitchen and Laboratory in the West, 1400-2000
University of Oregon Knight Library Special Collections
Dates: April 22– June 7, 2014.

Exhibit Description: 
For over five hundred years, kitchens have been laboratories. In the time period at the start of our exhibit, the term “recipe,” from the Latin command to take an ingredient (recipe! from L. recipere), was simply the first step in the process of making anything – inks, dyes, glass, glue, alchemical formulas, cosmetics, weapons, and yes, food. Kitchens were places where work was done to further refine natural goods through art by both men and women. With spaces for experimentation emerging in new scientific societies, laboratory-based academic disciplines, and industrial production, many of the diverse forms of older recipe culture were no longer explored in the home. Those new sites of scientific and technological expertise, however, certainly shaped domestic life. Political, medical and nutritional studies informed home economics. Industrial production, spurred by military need, introduced new technologies, markets and ingredients into the home. Most recently artisanal food movements and naturopathic trends have restored some older forms of labor to the domestic kitchen, while molecular gastronomy has linked the kitchen back to laboratory technique and equipment. This exhibit traces an arc between the two sites of the kitchen and the laboratory, which diverge and then converge over the course of six centuries.


Food Talks: Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient – Work in Progress Presentation

Film Screening and Public Presentation/Discussion with James Daria, PhD Student, Anthropology

The Salem Farmworker Strike: Labor, Race, and Immigration in Oregon’s Food Systems
Thursday, May 22nd 4pm — Lillis 282


Lisa Heldke

On Being Liberal: John Dewey, Food Studies, and the Nature of the Liberal Arts

 A public talk by Dr. Lisa Heldke

Friday, May 16th at 3pm – Allen 221

Dr. Heldke is a Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College and is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a food adventurer.


Dexter - collecting samples

Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient – Work in Progress Talk:

Documenting Ancient Foods: Unearthing Paleoindian Diet in Oregon

Jaime Dexter, Anthropology, PhD Candidate


Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law

Dr. Michael Fakhri, University of Oregon Law School



From the Ground Up Presentation featuring Megan Kemple and Leisha Wood (WFFC) with Lucas Nebert (UO)WFFC circle logo

U of O’s Food Systems from the Ground Up, part of the new Food Studies Program, partnered with the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition by providing 8-10 service hours per student during fall term 2014.  Students assisted with the following projects:

  • Brands to Look For Guide for the Buy Local Campaign
  • Farm to School in Lane County
  • Farm to School in Oregon
  • Lane County Farmers Market venue research
  • Marketing Local Foods to U of O students

The partnership was extremely valuable for the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition and students learned a lot as they engaged in supporting their local food system!

Dr. Ryan Galt (UC Davis)

Ryan Galt

Food Systems in an Unequal World: Pesticides, Vegetables, and Agrarian Capitalism in Costa Rica

The University of Arizona Press describes Food Systems in an unequal world as “an important critical moment within a new wave of scholarship that speaks to the rise of quality-defined national and international markets.” It examines the agrochemical-dependent agriculture of Costa Rica and how its uneven regulation in export versus domestic markets affects Costa Rican vegetable farmers.

Food Talks: A Conversation with community member Micah Elconin – ‘Opportunities to Innovate in Food Systems’

The food system beginning to regionalize.  From field to fork, there are numerous opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions to new and exciting challenges.  How can the efficiencies of larger systems pair with the quality of smaller ones to create sustainable business models?  Completed a short survey of the major segments of the food supply chain, addressed the challenges experienced at each point and then discussed solutions.

Food Talks: Eating in Urban “Frontiers:” Alternative Food and Gentrification in Chicago

Food Studies Graduate Grant Recipient Brooke Havlik, MA Candidate (ENVS), reported back on her summer research.

Afroculinaria: Exploring the Foodways Legacy of Trans-Atlantic Slavery

A conversation between Dr. Judith Carney (UCLA) and Michael Twitty (Antebellum Chef and Kosher/Soul), moderated by Riki Saltzman (Oregon Folklife Network) – co-sponsored by Food Studies and African Studies