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Columbia Presents HEALTH FOOD JUSTICE+PUBLIC HEALTH Lecture Series with Mark Bittman

Bestselling author and Former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, currently a lecturer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, is hosting a lecture series on the food justice movement and what it means for public health. Guest speakers—food experts, labor advocates, and environmental activists—will explore the impact of health disparities, nutrition, and climate change on our food security and supply.

Upcoming speakers include writer and chef Tunde Wey, who will speak on food and inequality (October 25).In addition to cooking and serving, Wey asks diners to engage with inequality in the United States. In 2016, he started the Blackness in America Dinner Series, which offered a chance for people to come together in 14 cities across the country to discuss how blackness intersects with their work and lives. Leah Penniman, co-director of Soul Fire Farm, will talk on “Farming While Black” (November 27), and has over 20 years of experience as a food sovereignty activist, having worked at the Food ProjectFarm SchoolMany Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Her areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, food justice organizing, writing, and speaking.

Bittman kicked off the series on October 11, with Suzanne Adely, Esq. regional organizer (Mid-Atlantic and New England) of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. A former New York City educator, Adely has a background in community organizing, public interest law, and international worker advocacy and worked with community-led organizations in Chicago and New York before beginning her global labor rights work. From 2011-2014 she was the UAW Global Organizing Institute India project coordinator and since has collaborated with many local and global organizations on behalf of workers in New York, Middle East & North Africa and elsewhere.

All Lectures 6:00–7:30 p.m. 

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Vagelos Education Center

104 Haven Ave, NYC, Room 201

(See schedule and register online.)