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Creating Equitable, Sustainable, and Resilient Food Systems

September – December 2022
Tuesday evenings at 7pm
Edwards Auditorium and online

Food. Though we depend on it to survive and thrive, many Americans have become increasingly disconnected from the complex systems that provide our food.

The Fall 2022 Honors Colloquium at the University of Rhode Island, “Just Good Food: Creating Equitable, Sustainable, and Resilient Food Systems,” will explore ways to reconnect with our food systems through topics including: food history and culture; social-ecological impacts and planetary limits; food, race, and gender; political economy of food systems; indigenous foodways and food sovereignty; agroecology; and urban agriculture, innovation, and social entrepreneurship.

Please join us for this multifaceted exploration of the past, present, and future of local and global food systems through the lenses of sustainability, equity, justice, and resilience.

Coordinators: Marta Gomez-Chiarri, John Taylor
Advisory Committee: Patrick Baur, LuAnne Roth, Dawn Spears, Pierre St-Germaine


Watch Virtually-  Video links will be available on the day of the event.  


  • Nov. 29: Tom Philpott
    Perilous Bounty: Emerging Crises in Industrial Agriculture
    Philpott is the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones magazine and author of Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It.” The lecture is co-sponsored by the Harrington School of Communication and Media.
  • Dec. 6: Leah Penniman
    Uprooting Racism and Seeding Sovereignty in the Food System
    Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother and food justice activist. Penniman is co-director and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm, Grafton, New York. This event is online only.
  • Dec. 13: Ricardo Salvador
    The 21st Century Food System We Deserve
    Salvador is director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He will discuss working with citizens, scientists, economists and politicians to move the food system into one that grows and produces healthy foods while employing sustainable and equitable practices. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

Learn more about the URI Honors Program.