Food Studies Program

2019 Universities Fighting World Hunger: Draft Agenda

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Draft Agenda

March 15-16, 2019
Portland, ME

The agenda will be fine-tuned as we move closer to the event itself, but we wanted to give everyone an idea of how we're mapping out the weekend. Lots of exciting events on the docket! This year's conference will be offering over 50 break-out sessions and workshops including:

  • introductory sessions on campus food insecurity
  • assessment and measurement strategies
  • leading responses to campus hunger from around the country
  • sessions on food insecurity in Latin America and in Africa
  • new American farmers
  • how to start a gleaning project
  • how to start a food pantry
  • applying for mini-grants
  • Advocacy 101
  • racial wealth gap simulations
  • food sovereignty
  • community-based nutrition education
  • Learning about World Hunger card game
  • the role of community gardens
  • the role of public policy
  • network approaches to regional food security
  • how to prepare for a career in food systems 
  • campus organizing
  • incorporating food security projects into courses
  • ethics in service projects
  • addressing food insecurity in public schools
  • theories of change and power
  • rethinking food deserts
  • using design thinking to solve food system problems
  • ... and many more!



10:30a - 11:30a
Registration and Poster Sessions

11:30a - 1:00p

Glenn Cummings, President, University of Southern Maine

Mark Rank, Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, Washington University at St. Louis, and author of Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes

1:15p - 2:30p

Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

3:00p - 4:15p
Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

5:00p - 6:15p
Panel Discussion
Topic: Campus Hunger

6:30p - 8:00p
Friday Dinner

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Eric Holt-Giménez
Executive Director of Food First and author of A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat
"Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?"

Informal networking in the Old Port district of Portland!



7:30a - 8:30a

8:00a - 9:00a
Networking and Poster Session
Speaker: Barry Telford, CEO, Sodexo

9:00a - 10:15a
Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

10:45a - 12:00a
Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

12:15p - 1:45p

Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and author of Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty
"The Real Hunger Games"

2:00p - 3:15p
Concurrent Break-Out Sessions

3:30p - 4:00p
Closing Remarks and Awards