What’s on Your Plate? The History and Politics of Food
Barnard College, James Room (3009 Broadway, 4th Fl. Barnard Hall, Manhattan)
How much do you know about the food you eat? Food production and the politics surrounding it have an enormous impact on our environment and economy. In recent years, scientists and activists have raised concerns about the sustainability and security of our food systems here in the US and around the world, but food has always been a driving force in international and domestic policy. Barnard faculty members Hilary Callahan, Kim F. Hall, Deborah Valenze, and Paige West will join us for an interdisciplinary conversation about the past and present social, geopolitical, rhetorical, and environmental factors that influence how food—including items as seemingly ordinary as sugar, coffee, milk, and corn—shapes culture and politics.