Bestselling author on food politics, sustainable agriculture, globalization, and social change, Anna Lappé will be a Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence February 21-24.
All programs are open to the public and take place in the South Rec Room of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana.
Monday, February 21
7 pm – Hope’s Edge: Fighting Hunger, Building Communities Around the World
Based on her extensive research travel, Anna Lappé shares stories of social movements addressing the root causes of hunger in Bangladesh, Brazil, Poland, Kenya, France, and here in the United States.
Tuesday, February 22
7 pm – Eat the Sky: The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork and What We Can Do About It
The food-climate connection, why and how food contributes to global warming, and what we can each do to support a climate-friendly food chain.
Wednesday, February 23
7 pm – Froot Loops, Pop Tarts, and Big Macs: The Selling of Our Selves
What role do the media and advertisements play in informing our taste buds? How does the food industry use media to shape our demand for certain foods? How can we be “food sleuths” and be equipped to be wise consumers of foodand media messages?
Thursday, February 24
7 pm – Fresh Ideas: Grassroots Solutions to Creating Healthy, Sustainable, Affordable Food for All in the US
A film screening of Ana Joanes’s documentary FRESH, will be followed by a discussion with Anna Lappé. The film and conversation will touch on on-the-ground efforts throughout the United States to address the underlying forces behind hunger and malnourishment in America.
Anna Lappé is a bestselling author and public speaker on food politics, sustainable agriculture, globalization, and social change. Named among the fourteen forward-thinking Who’s Who in Time Magazine’s Eco-Guide, Lappé and her work have been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O Magazine, OrganicStyle, and Vibe, among other publications. Lappé’s first book, Hope’s Edge, co-written with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, chronicles courageous social movements around the world that address the root causes of hunger and poverty. Her second book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, with chef Bryant Terry, offers readers ideas, hands-on tools, and menus to create healthy lives for themselves and their communities. Lappé has appeared on television on Fox, NBC, PBS, and the CBC in Canada, as well as numerous nationally syndicated radio programs, including National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, and Talk to America. Lappé’s writing has been widely published in The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada’s Globe and Mail.