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The 3rd annual “Fast Food for Thought” will bring together 10 interdisciplinary faculty members from across campus to give a series of fast-paced talks (5 minutes each) related to food and/or agriculture. Speaker information below, and delicious reception to follow.


2016 Speakers:

  • Alison Miller, SPH (Health Behavior & Health Education)
    “But I Want the Cookie! Eating and Self Regulation in Toddlers”: VIDEO HERE
  • Aniket Aga, School of Natural Resources and Environment
    “Poor Monsanto” : VIDEO HERE
  • Jean DuRussel-Weston, UM Health System
    “Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools”  : VIDEO HERE
  • Jeremy Moghtader, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Campus Farm
    “Farmer as Career Choice in the 3rd Millennium” : VIDEO HERE
  • Josh Newell, School of Natural Resources and Environment
    “How will Scaling-up Urban Agriculture Impact Food, Energy, and Water Dynamics?” : VIDEO HERE
  • Julia Wolfson, SPH (Health Management and Policy)
    “What’s Cooking in Today’s Food System?” : VIDEO HERE
  • Lisa Young, LSA Anthropology
    “Learning from Farmers’ Stories”: VIDEO HERE
  • Mark Wilson, LSA EEB and SPH (Epidemiology)
    “Interactions of Food Production and Infectious Diseases in the Developing World”: VIDEO HERE
  • Meha Jain, School of Natural Resources and Environment
    “Satellites for Sustainable Agriculture”: VIDEO HERE
  • Monica Dus, LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
    “Let Them Eat Cake: The Effect of Sugar on the Brain”: VIDEO HERE

With introductions from Alicia Alvarez (Law), Andrew Jones (SPH), Ivette Perfecto (SNRE), Jennifer Blesh (SNRE), Joe Trumpey (Art & Design), John Vandermeer (EEB), Lesli Hoey (UP), Lilly Fink Shapiro (SFSI), Margot Finn (LSA)

Reception by Chef Chris Chiapelli

Thank you to our generous sponsors:
School of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, Department of Epidemiology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Anthropology, Department of Health Management & Policy, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Program in the Environment

CASC Food Justice talk (Oct 19)

A Discussion on Race, Food Sovereignty, and Social Justice
Presented by:
University of Michigan – Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Minor

Thursday, October 19 from 6-8PM

Educational Conference Center (1840) in the UM School of Social Work Building

This panel discussion will focus on race, food sovereignty, and sustainability within the food justice movement. Panelists engaged in food justice efforts including organizers, activists, and advocates, will share their experiences, challenges, and strategies toward action, namely in urban neighborhoods.
Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to attend.


Jack Griffin, a graduate from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with a Community Action and Social Change minor, is the founded of Food Finders, a web-based app that helps users find free food resources that are closest to their home, school, or current location.

Food Gatherers, an organization that works to alleviate hunger in the Ann Arbor community, distributes more than 1,000,000 pounds of food to 150 non-profits in the Ann Arbor area.

Annie Grech, a University of Michigan student pursuing a BS in Biochemistry, is the President of the University of Michigan chapter of the Food Recovery Network, an organization that works to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste.

Naim Edwards works in the city of Detroit as an Environmental Specialist. Along many other forms of environmental activism, Naim works with Voices for Earth Justice to engage the local community at an urban garden.

Film Screening & Discussion with filmmaker: A Table for Sixty-Thousand
Thursday, March 31 @ 5pm

Dana Building, Rm 1040
440 Church St
University of Michigan

The free community kitchen at The Golden Temple feeds thousands of people daily.

About the film: Each day, about 60,000 vegetarian meals are prepared and shared by visitors to The Golden Temple. Anyone can participate in the preparation, cooking, serving and sharing of the free meal. In 2014 and 2015, students from the University of Michigan spent one month with SFSI affiliated faculty Jasprit Singh to study how the concept of langar (free community kitchen) works. The film is based on over five years of study of the langar and also incorporates experiences of UM students.

Discussion panelists will include filmmaker Teresa Singh and UM students that participated in a trip to The Golden Temple. A light reception of Indian food will follow the event.

Film Screening: In Defense of Food
Tuesday, March 15 | 4pm-6pm

School of Public Health 1, Rm 1755
1415 Washington Heights
University of Michigan

In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and exploring the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Michael Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?
-PBSIn Defense of Food Poster_v2_JPEGFollowing the film screening, Nutritional Sciences Lecturer Susan Aaronson will lead a short discussion. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by: The UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative and Student Advocates for Nutrition

Farm Hack
March 12 & 13th
Solomon Gardens in Grass Lake, MI


Join us for a unique design event aimed at providing design understanding, ideas, and concepts for a local poultry farmer in need of sustainable solutions for a mobile, 3-season processing station. We are looking for students and faculty from engineering, architecture, art & design and more to participate in this real-world design event. Anyone with design fabrication or farming experience is encouraged to attend. Project Brief here. 

Please RSVP here. Space is limited.
Design space and fresh local food provided by Salomon Gardens.
Any questions? Please email:

This event is hosted by the UM Center for Socially Engaged Design

Cowspiracy Screening
Thursday February 18 | 5 PM

University of Michigan
Munger Auditorium
540 Thompson St
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Why are some people mooing about the myth of the holy cow? What can we do to increase sustainability in our daily lives?

Climate Blue invites you to a screening of Cowspiracy followed by discussion and free dinner! Seating is limited, please RSVP to

This event is sponsored by Climate Blue, Global Engagement, and Munger Graduate Residences.

The 8th Annual Local Food Summit
Local Food for Everyone
Monday, February 15th | 8:30am-5:00pm

Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E Huron River Dr

12507475_1020089388013838_5148796734014684044_nThe opening Keynote Panel will address the topic of “Local Food for Everyone: Farmer and Food Justice Perspectives,” with panelists Megan Deleeuw of Manchester’s Hand Sown Farm and Shane Bernardo of Earthworks Urban Farm. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Stefanie Stauffer of WCC and Tilian Farm Development Center. 

The Summit will also feature a celebration of Local Food Victories, a food-themed story slam, and over ten workshop sessions. Sessions include presentations by organizations such as the Washtenaw Food Policy Council, Argus Farm Stop, and ZingTrain; and, cover topics including visioning your farm business, farm-to-school gardens, soil health, seasonal cooking, permaculture basics and more. 

Youth (ages 5 to 18) are invited to join in these workshops, or to participate in activities including planting, taste education and food chemistry in this year’s Local Food Summit youth track.

Registration includes breakfast and lunch, coffee and snacks. Details about registration are available on the website at

Sponsored by: Slow Food Huron Valley, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Eden Foods, Argus Farm Stop, Washtenaw Community College and the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

“The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation”
Thursday, February 11 | 4:30pm

University of Michigan
Dana Building (Rm 1040)
440 Church St

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Lecture @ 4:30pm with Dr. Robin Kimmerer on “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation”

Panel Discussion on Traditional Ecological Knowledges @ 3:30pm with:
Robin Kimmerer, Professor
Joseph Gone, Associate Professor
Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities
Bradford Kasberg, MLA ’16

The event is sponsored by SNRE’s Dean’s Speaker Series

Video Recording here


Kids, Media, Bodies & Food: Highlights from a Cross-Disciplinary Research Program
Monday, February 8 | 3:30pm-5pm

University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research, Rm 1430
426 Thompson St

HarrisonKristen Harrison
, Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Communication Studies; Director of the Media Psychology Program, Institute for Social Research

This talk summarizes select theory and research findings from an ongoing examination of family and community predictors of early childhood obesity begun as the STRONG Kids Program at the University of Illinois in 2008 and extended to the University of Michigan in 2011. The six-Cs ecological model of predictors of child energy intake and output is offered as a foundational framework, followed by select findings from research on families of preschoolers in Illinois and Michigan regarding the role of commercial media exposure in child dietary intake and developing healthy-meal schemas.


 An Examination of the Validity of Food Addiction
Monday, January 25 | 3:30pm-5pm

University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research, Rm 1430
426 Thompson St

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Highly palatable, highly processed foods are widely accessible, affordable, and available in large portion sizes. Could these foods also be addictive? A growing body of evidence suggests that certain foods may be capable of triggering an addictive process, especially in vulnerable individuals. The current talk will review the evidence for “food addiction” and will highlight questions that need to be investigated to further evaluate the role of an addictive process in problematic eating.


Sponsored by the Research Center for Group Dynamics