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Alison Alkon / University of the Pacific

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 28, 2016 - 5:30pm

Alison Alkon will present a lecture titled "Food Justice: Theory and Praxis" 5:30 p.m. on September 28, 2016 in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public. Alkon is an associate professor of sociology at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She is a strong advocate for food justice, and much of her research explores the ways that racial and economic inequalities affect efforts of sustainable food systems. 

In her lecture, she will outline a food justice research program synthesizing scholarly and activist thinking on the topic, and offer two applications. First, she will cover the various ways that researchers understand barriers to healthy eating among low-income communities of color. Second, she will present my own work assessing the effects of gentrification on sustainable food systems in Oakland, CA. The lecture will conclude by offering future directions for food justice research and activism.

Broadly, Alkon’s research investigates the intersections between race, class and sustainable food systems. Her work has explored the ways that racial identities are (pre)formed through engagement with sustainable food systems, and critiqued the limits of green capitalist strategies such as the buying and selling of local organic food in creating social justice and environmental sustainability. Her latest book, The New Food Activism (published in late 2016; UC Press Co-edited with Julie Guthman), highlights legislative campaigns that can help create more sustainable food systems, restrict industrial processing and empower the laborer.

Alkon is also the author of Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy (2012), and co-editor (with Julian Agyeman) of Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (2011).

Alkon received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emory University in 1999, a Master of Arts Degree from UC Davis in 2003 and a PhD from UC Davis in 2008.