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Cultural Studies Food Matters Week

10/16-18/2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Falvey 205

Join us to educate your palate and your mind during the 5th annual Cultural Studies Food Matters Week involving tastings and talks on food justice around the world.

Monday, Oct 16, 6:30, Falvey 205
Coaltion of Immokalee Workers--
(CIW) iGerardo Reyes will speak about this worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Most recently, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream signed an agreement with CIW that establishes labor standards for the company’s suppliers in Vermont and creates an enforcement strategy that encourages workers to speak up about violations.  Other participating retail buyers include Whole Foods, Giant, Walmart and Subway. The CIW's success has earned them the 2015 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts Combating Modern Day Slavery.  In 2011, CIW launched the Fair Food Program (FFP), a groundbreaking model for Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR), based on a unique partnership among farmworkers and tomato growers in several states.  Remember, every piece of fruit or vegetable you eat has likely been picked by a farmworker! It's only fair that they receive good wages, benefits and safe working conditions.  Tonight's tasting: Six flavors of pesticide-free gazpacho and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!!

Tuesday, Oct 17, 6:30, Falvey 205
Sanctuary Restaurant Movement: "A Place at the Table for Everyone!"
-- Calvin Okunoye and Samuel Jones will speak about the national Sanctuary Restaurant Movement in which restaurant owners pledge to provide safe spaces and food to workers, patrons, and refugees who may be undocumented, and/or of varying genders, races, faiths, abilities and sexual orientations.  The Sanctuary Restaurant Movement respects everyone's dignity, human rights and contributions to our nation.  There are over 40 sanctuary restaurants in Philadelphia alone fighting racism, sexism, and xenophobia.  Find out where they are and how you can support them.  Tonight's tasting: Sanctuary Restaurant Tacos!

Wednesday, Oct 18, 6:30, Falvey 205
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition: 
At the final event in the series, Rachel Shippee, Chicago Director, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC), will explain why factory farming is bad in every way—for workers, animals, the environment and consumers. Shippee will discuss how our daily food choices and good habits like "Meatless Mondays" and more can go a long way toward protecting animals, the environment, and our own health.  Tonight's tasting:  Delicious vegan desserts!

These ACS-approved events, co-sponsored by the GIS: Cultural Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library, are free and open to the public.

VU to Host 2016 Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference June 2-5, 2016

This Year’s Conference to Examine Timely Issues of Policing, Violence, and Racism

We are proud to announce that the Cultural Studies Association’s annual conference will take place at Villanova June 2-5, 2016.  This international conference is expected to bring 300 national and international scholars, activists, and artists to campus.  Villanova faculty and students are welcome to attend and participate. Keynote plenary speakers will include Bernadine Evaristo, the award-winning British writer.  The theme of this year’s conference, Policing Crises Now, provides a unique opportunity to engage in a comprehensive, critical conversation on the timely issues of policing, violence, and racism in the US and beyond.  Many other cultural topics will be analyzed in terms of the most recent theoretical and activist approaches.

For more information about the conference, please go to the conference website below. The CSA Conference at Villanova is sponsored by the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Africana Studies Program.


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