Spring 2021: Seasons of Social Justice

At EE 101, the class sessions, readings and assignments aim to guide students to develop ​food-systems intelligence—​ a personal understanding of how the diverse facets of the food system relate and depend on one another, especially one's own role as a participant in the food system and how individual and collective choices, actions, behaviors, policies and public and private interests affect it.

Through this year’s theme, we will grow our understanding from the ground up, learning from leading thinkers and doers about how we can transform the food system to become healthier and more sustainable and just. We will sit with histories and questions about inequities and power in food systems and highlight evidence-based innovations and entrepreneurial solutions throughout the semester.

Through the course of EE 101, students will develop creative and effective plans at an individual, local, national, or global scale to improve, and possibly transform our food system.

Course Syllabus

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Will Rosenzweig, Alice Waters,Nikiko Masumoto, Bryant Terry, and Rahanna Bisseret Martinez
Coming to the Table: The Cultural Power of Food
Friday, January 29, 2021
Vice President Al Gore and Alice Waters
Food Systems and The Climate Crisis: Reasons for Concern, Hope and Action
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Nikiko Masumoto, Mai Nguyen, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, and Jocelyn Jackson
Redress and Reparations: Healing from a Broken Food System
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Saru Jayaraman
Concentration of Power in the Food System: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Move the Levers of Change?
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Elizabeth Hoover, Vincent Medina, Louis Tervino
Native Food Sovereignty: Honoring Native Foodways, Seedkeeping, and Decolonizing Our Diets
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Shakirah Simley and guests
Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in the Food Movement
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Liz Carlisle and A-dae Briones
Land Justice, Land Tenure and Barriers to Sustainable Agriculture
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Tiffani Patton, Mayukh Sen, Tiffani Rozier
Food Media: Whose Stories Are Being Told? Whiteness of Food Media and BIPOC Food Narratives
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Dolores Huerta
The Backbone of our Food System: Farmworker and Rural Communities
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Sophie Egan, Eve Turow-Paul, and Dr. Linda Shiue, MD
Food Systems and the Climate Crisis: Reasons for Hope and Action
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Caleb Zigas and guests
Freedom through Food: The Role of Food Business in Economic Opportunity
Friday, April 16, 2021
Sana Javeri Kadri, Larissa Russell, Jorge Gaviria
Food Entrepreneur Showcase
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Minnie Fong, Jose Alonso, Maria Olide
Food System Changemakers
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Taking Action: What Can We Do Together That We Can’t Do Alone?