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Chatham Food Studies Director & Students Speak at International Food Conference

PITTSBURGH:  Alice Julier of Chatham University delivered the inaugural keynote speech at the bi-annual Perugia Food & Sustainability Studies Conference, an international scholarly meeting held in Perugia, Italy whose theme was “Perspectives on Food and Landscapes.” Julier is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at Chatham University, as well as the Associate Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability. She is interested in social movements, domestic life, labor, consumption, and inequality in food systems; her pedagogical approach maintains a focus on training students to be actors and activists dedicated to making food systems more sustainable.

Two students in Chatham’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program also presented at the food conference. Elise Miranda presented her thesis work “Integrating Distillery Grain Waste into Consumable Goods as a Means of Food Waste Reduction.” Kate Laubacher, also an alumna of Umbra’s Food & Sustainability Studies Program, shared her thesis “Conviviality and Community: Third Places in the U.S. and Europe.” Laubacher will remain in Perugia for two weeks to continue her research as she observes third places throughout Perugia. Laubacher is taking advantage of resources available at the Umbra Institute’s library, access to which was made possible by an agreement between Chatham and the Umbra Institute.

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Chatham University Announces New Dean for Falk School of Sustainability

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University announced today the selection of Dr. Peter Walker as the new Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability.

Dr. Peter Walker was chosen following an extensive and competitive national search for the Falk School Dean position to replace the departing Dean, Dr. David Hassenzahl. A native of Ireland, Dr. Walker holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and a PH.D. in Soil Science from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. He has over 25 years of field work in humanitarian crises and in addressing some of the most pressing sustainability and climate-change challenges around the world, including the Sudan, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia and many other countries. An accomplished speaker, author and teacher, Dr. Walker will join Chatham from Tufts University in Massachusetts where he has served as the Director of the Feinstein International Center since 2002, the Rosenberg Professor of Nutrition and Human Security since 2007, and as Associate Provost since early 2014.
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