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To celebrate the beginning of another semester and to kick off the Food Studies Program’s first year, the Clarke Forum will be bringing together some of the biggest names in food—policy, business, culture, and otherwise.

Beginning September 8th, the Dickinson Community will welcome the academic, author, and activist Raj Patel to share his commentary on the state of our global food system. Patel applies a broad lens to the issues of food availability, malnutrition, and what the world is–or is failing to do–to guarantee a brighter food future. What is to blame for the striking inequalities in food access across the world? Why are so many struggling to consume enough while too much consumption plagues others? These questions are among many that Raj Patel explores in his several publications and will address at his public lecture.

The scope of our food discussion will then narrow as we explore food as a component of regional culture with Chef Hugh Acheson.   Drawing on his experiences with food growing up in Canada and later as a celebrity chef in Athens, Georgia, Chef Acheson will provide insight into the major issues facing the American food system. From racial inequality to political hypocrisy, Chef Acheson will discuss modern food culture and suggest potential solutions to the problems it faces.

The Food Studies Certificate faculty in conjunction with the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues invites you to participate in the events surrounding the visits of these two food intellectuals. Please review the calendar found on this site as well as the official Clarke Forum website for opportunities to join the conversation.