Food Studies Program

New 1-Credit UFWH POP-Up Course!

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Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action
March 15-16, 2019


New POP-Up Course: 1 credit


The number of chronically undernourished people in the world has been rising since 2014 and today is estimated at 821 million, even though enough food is produced to feed more than one and a half times the world population.  In the United States, over 40 million people suffer from food insecurity—not knowing where their next meal will come from and relying on food pantries and other emergency sources—even though American farmers produce enough food to feed twice the population.  Food insecurity rates among students are four times higher than for the population as whole, and Maine itself is among the bottom 10 states for food security.  How can we make sense of this much hunger in a world of such abundance?

The Food Studies Program is co-hosting a major international conference on hunger, bringing over 500 students, faculty, and activists together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders on the front lines of fighting hunger.  Join us!

This course offers students in the University of Maine System the opportunity to attend this conference for credit. With 60 sessions and workshops to choose from, meals included, and the opportunity to make friends and network with student from other colleges around the country, this is an opportunity not to be missed. In addition to attending the conference, students will attend two 4-hour class sessions (March 9th and 30th, each from 11a-3p), complete a short set of readings and a writing assignment, and participate in discussions that will provide a clear understanding of why food insecurity is rising even as per capita productivity increases.

Tuition reimbursement is available. Conference registration of $40/student is required.

For more info, contact the Food Studies Program at (207) 780-4490 or usm.foodstudies@maine.edu.