Chatham News

Food activist and author Anna Lappé to speak at Chatham on May 14

By: Paul A. Kovach, Chief Communications Officer
April 15, 2011

PITTSBURGH (April 15, 2011) … Following a cancelled appearance in January, Chatham University will welcome author and activist Anna Lappé for a free lecture on Saturday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. in the Eddy Theatre on the University’s Shadyside Campus.

Admission is free. For more information call 412-365-2473 or email Directions and parking information are located at The event is sponsored by the Master of Arts in Food Studies Program, the School of Sustainability and the Environment, and the Rachel Carson Institute, along with Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.

Her lecture, “Firing-Up Food Activism, Cooling-Down the Planet,” promises to be an inspiring talk about sustaining communities and encouraging innovative and democratic solutions to hunger, inequality, and environmental degradation. Ms. Lappé’s journey through the global food system shows us where the problems reside and what people across the globe are doing in everyday actions to challenge and change our world. Her most recent books include “Diet for a Hot Planet” and “Hope’s Edge.”

Anna and her mother, Frances Moore Lappé founded the Small Planet Institute in 2001 to help pursue examples of democracy as a rewarding way of life: a culture in which citizens infuse the values of inclusion, fairness, and mutual accountability into all dimensions of public life, The Institute supports people and projects around the world who work to remake societal rules into shared values, focusing on collaborative public education, media programs, and outreach campaigns.

“Firing-Up Food Activism, Cooling-Down the Planet” is co-sponsored by the following community partners: The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Grow Pittsburgh, Slow Food Pittsburgh, Just Harvest, The East End Co-op, and the Pittsburgh Food Forest.

About Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies
The Master of Arts in Food Studies is one of the few graduate food studies programs in the U.S and the only one to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment. The Master of Arts in Food Studies at Chatham University is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.

Graduates gain analytical and experiential knowledge of global and local food systems. Academic courses provide a critical framework, emphasizing the ways people relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Food Studies is the interdisciplinary domain that includes agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption. Students will study how food, from farm to table to compost, shapes people and the global environment. The curriculum connects real world problems with ethics, theory, history, communication, research skills, and experiential knowledge, offering concentrations in food politics, history and culture, and food markets and marketing.