As part of the Go Big Read initiative on campus, the SociETAS Seminar in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology will host a panel discussion on Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, on September 21st from noon until one in the Buttel Conference Room on the 3rd floor of Agriculture Hall. The panelists will include: Jack Kloppenburg, Jill Harrison, and Madeleine Fairbairn.
Jack Kloppenburg has long been interested in development of a sustainable agrifood system. His most recent work is marked by excitement over the emergence of local/regional foodsheds, the growing international movement for food sovereignty, and the possibilities of applying open source principles in the biosciences.
Jill Harrison is a faculty member in the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at UW-Madison. Her research and teaching focus on issues of social justice in environmental politics, the agrifood system, and immigration and border politics. She is a faculty affiliate of numerous programs at UW-Madison (including the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies, the Agroecology Graduate Program, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) and is also a board member of the Wisconsin Migrant Coalition. She received her PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2006.
Madeleine Fairbairn is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. Her master’s thesis examined the discursive framing of food sovereignty in historical context. Her research interests include alternative agrifood systems, food politics, economic development, and social justice.