CONFERENCE – Back to the Foodture: Sustainable Strategies to Reverse a Global Crisis

Southwestern University, Brown Symposium XXXIV
February 27-28, 2012

Food. Bountiful food is celebration, creative food is art, particular foods mark cultures, lack of food is deadly. Food is so central to who and what we are that we, too often, take it for granted. But many humans are not afforded this luxury.

Now, we find ourselves at the brink of a potential crisis. A growing human population coupled with food production practices that are potentially devastating for the environment, other animals and human health (factory farming, monoculture, intensive agriculture) threaten life in many forms – both human life and entire ecosystems.

This year’s Brown Symposium considers Food from many angles and ponders ways we can rethink our relationship with this most basic, beautiful and complex of needs


  • Richard Wilk (Indiana University): “Eating the Future: Why Changing your Diet is Not Enough”      
  • Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth): “Indigenous and Green Economies for the Seventh Generation”
  • Amie Breeze Harper (University of California, Davis): “On Being and Not Being the Wretched of the Earth: A Critical Race Feminist Analysis of Vegan Consciousness”               
  • Wayne Pacelle (Humane Society of the United States): “Industrialized Agriculture and the Rupture of the Human-Animal Bond”               
  • Jo Luck (Heifer Project International): “Global Hunger is More Personal Than You Think”