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Culture & Food: A Workshop about Connection

A Workshop about Connection

Sat., April 12 from 2:30-7p (includes dinner)

Laskey Building at Scarritt-Bennett

Food is a common part of all human experience, a way to bring people together across cultural difference and promote diversity and inclusion. In this workshop, we'll explore how our relationship to food defines who we are, our connections to each other and to the environment.

Activities include breakout sessions and lecture and conversation led by Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, a Mott Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and Director of Africana Women's Studies at Bennett College. Johnson's research is focused on bioethics, disability and environmental justice and has taken her to Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and the Seychelles Islands.

$15, includes dinner in Susie Gray Dining Hall
Register: Online at http://conta.cc/1ixXj4L,
call (615) 340-7557 or email programs@scarrittbennett.org



2:15pm - 2:30pm - Registration in Laskey Lobby

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Welcome, What does Culture have to do with Food? Marie Campbell and Suha Ahmad-Alsyoufi

Table Introductions with Table Leaders

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Sessions

Plant The Seed

Plant the Seed (culturally appropriate food in schools)

Plant the Seed is a nonprofit program that shapes community and school gardens into outdoor classrooms to educate and empower under-resourced young people - building cultural connections, advancing economic justice and improving their overall health and well-being. We envision a food-secure Nashville, where young people, in particular, have regular access to fresh, local, culturally-relevant foods. We see sowing, preparing and sharing food as a powerful tool for starting cross-cultural conversations and growing together in community. For more info, visit http://www.planttheseed.org.

Mobile Market

Nashville Mobile Market (culturally appropriate food in neighborhoods)

The Nashville Mobile Market is a social enterprise program aimed at: investigating a novel method for providing a sustainable source of healthy foods in limited access settings, evaluating the impact of offering a solution to the physical, financial, and educational market failures in the food deserts in Nashville, educating students about community development techniques that can provide cooperative solutions between academia and community, and providing a much-needed service to certain parts of the Nashville community and society at large, in order to engage the community. For more info, visit http://www.nashvillemobilemarket.org/.

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4:00pm - 5:30pm - Lecture and Discussion, Cultural Diversity and Food

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Introduced by Mar’Koya Walker-Jones, current Belle H. Bennett House intern at SBC and Bennett College alumni.

5:30pm - 6:45pm - Telling Your Food Stories
Dinner, Small Group Storytelling in Susie Gray

An interfaith climate vigil will be held afterwards at the Scarritt-Bennett Center labyrinth. Workshop participants are welcome to attend, 7-8pm.