Loyola’s Chicago campus has been organizing a Hunger Awareness Week for 40 years (or so they tell me) and I’m thrilled to be talking with them this week about Hunger in America — and processing the results of the election.
Hunger in America lecture
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
I’m honored to be spending the day after the election with lawyers and advocates waging a critical labor battles: Protecting farm workers.
National Farm Worker Law Conference
Nov. 9, 2016
Farmworkers in the News: Journalists Covering the Lives and Labor Conditions of Farmworkers
“The Plate,” National Geographic • Nov. 1, 2016
Researchers angling to solve America’s food waste problem are taking cues from Instagram and developing an app to measure food waste from your food pictures.
Continue reading “To See Food Waste in a New Way, Start With Your Plate”
Presented at the 2016 Southern Foodways Symposium
University of Mississipi
October 14, 2016
Mexico, where corn began, understands itself not only as a nation of corn-eaters, but as corn itself. One of that country’s best known idioms is Sin mais, no hay pais: Without corn, there is no country.
But as I look at what’s eaten in both Mexico and the U.S., I have to be honest: We eat an awful lot of Jiffy and Maseca.
Continue reading “From Jiffy to Maseca : The Industrialization of Corn”
Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium • Oct. 14, 2016
Jiffy corn muffin mix is the second-most sold dry grocery item in the U.S. Maseca is used in more than two-thirds of all corn tortillas in Mexico. Yet the food world tends to sneer at them both. By tracing the origin stories of these two iconic corn mixes, I explore how America’s current romance with kitchen labor can edify longstanding inequities of race and gender—and remind us that we live, and eat, in the present.
Full text of my talk can be read here.
University of Mississippi
Oct. 14, 2016
It’s a huge honor and delight to be giving a commissioned lecture at the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium today:
When Corn Went Pop
Corn is elemental, the backbone grain of the American diet; that omnipresence begs questions, My assignment: to channel industrial corn products, from Jiffy to Maseca.
Quick heads up for anyone in the Flint area: I’m coming to talk in your neighborhood!
Oct. 4, 2016 (Tuesday) 5:45-6:45
Grand Blanc-McFarlen Public Library
I’m especially honored to kick off the Sullenger Dialogues at U-M Flint, the nearest university to where I grew up. It’s also an honor to be part of the rich lecture tradition being established on that campus which serves many of the region’s working class students.
Critical Issues Forum, U-M Flint
October 5, 2016
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Update: Nice campus PR write up here.