2015-2016 Food Studies Seminar

All Food Studies Seminars will be held in the Union building, Room 323.

Spring 2016 Seminars

January 7, 2016, 7:45-8:45 AM
Dr. Tim Harlan and Chef Leah Sarris, Tulane Medical School
"Culinary Medicine"

February 11, 2016, 4-5 PM
Dr. Wayne Potts and Dr. Jimmy Ruff
"Sugar and disease: Insight from evolutionary approaches"

The relationship between the consumption of added sugar and human disease is a hot topic in nutrition and scientific investigation of this issue has mainly been the purview of epidemiologists and biochemists. In this lecture, the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to investigation is highlighted with an emphasis on two recent studies, using tools from evolutionary biology, that seek to quantify the sum total of disease induced from sugar consumption.

March 10, 2016
Sara Simonsen, Jamie Prevendel, Cathleen Zick, and Kathleen Digre
"Food Insecurity and Obesity Risk Among Culturally Diverse Women"

Food Insecurity, defined as, "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways,' (Anderson, 1990), is a persistent problem in the United States, where between 10-12 percent of households report that their members are food insecure in any given year. Although studies have found a link between obesity and food insecurity especially in women, the current literature lacks detailed descriptions of these relationships in underrepresented cultural and social groups. We examine the level of women's food insecurity in five carefully defined minority communities, African immigrants, African Americans, Latinas, American Indians, and Pacific Islanders who are all participating in the Utah Women and Girls (UWAG) Study. Our analyses of approximately 500 baseline surveys assess the relationship between food insecurity and obesity risk while controlling for other potentially important confounding factors. In the discussion we draw out the implications for targeted weight-related public health interventions.

April 14, 2016, 4-5 PM
Clayton Pierce, Education, Culture & Society
"Food Deserts and Biocapitalism: Using school gardens as sites to resist industrial eating and learning"

Most urban schools in the US are situated in food deserts or swamps. Schools, in fact, are an important part of the industrial food pipeline. For example, how students and citizens think about food decisions in their community is not taken up in the official curriculum of schools which has the effect of supporting industrial food ways that lead to health epidemics in working class and communities of color such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. My talk will focus on research and teaching we are doing in a local school and its community garden to cultivate critical food literacies among students and communities. Our curriculum projects seeks to move away from industrial learning and food models based on the production of biocapital—students as human capital and plants as GMO products—to one based on more healthy and just forms of life.


Fall 2015 Seminars

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, 4-5 PM
Bridget Stuchly from the SLC Mayor’s Office
The Salt Lake’s Community Food Assessment and discussing local food-related initiatives and opportunities for collaboration.

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

October 1st, 4-5pm
Professor Brian Codding, Anthropology Department
Food makes Country: How Aboriginal foraging decisions structure the ecological, economic and social landscapes of Western Australia
Location: AEB 320

November 5th, 4-5pm
Sawson Gholami and Josh Garcia
“Real Food Challenge at the University of Utah”

December 3rd, 4-5pm
Professor Julie Metos, Division of Nutrition
Professor Norman Waitzman, Economics Department
"Investigating School Food Policies and Obesity Outcomes from Childhood to Adolescence"