Transforming the Food System

Wednesday, 23 October 2013, at 6pm
Dr. Eric Holt-Giménez is the Executive Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First, an agroecologist, political economist, and author. After studying education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, he traveled through Mexico and Central America for more than two decades working with farmers and participating in their farmer-to-farmer trainings. His written works include Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, the UM Center for Latin American Studies, and the UM Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy.
The presentation begins at 6:00 PM at the Glasgow Lecture Hall in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center with a reception to follow in the Korach Gallery.

Cities 2030 Conference

Friday April 5, 2013 ∙ All Day
This one-day conference will critically evaluate the theme of cities in 2030.  Conference participants will interrogate urban futures from the vantage of one of the following:  a disciplinary, a comparative, or a regional perspective. The conference will bring together leading scholars who specialize in North American, Latin American, and African urban studies. Rather than considering the entire urban world, a triad of regions is interrogated as a starting point to unpack the changes unfolding and to identify more promising and humane approaches to sustainable urban living.  The conference will (1) examine some of the collective burdens of the near future (low-income, immigrant, elderly, youth-dominated, marginalized and/or unhealthy urban populations), (2) evaluate proposed solutions for particular groups, and (3) explore how communities can more effectively engage in policy and urban decision making processes. The conference will present opportunities for dialogue concerning new trends, common themes, shared problems, and ways to move forward in rethinking the role of cities in the twenty-first century.  A parallel goal is to bring together academics, practitioners, and the UM community to identify various paths toward more sustainable urban futures.
The conference is organized by the Urban Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture, Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Department of Sociology and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. The conference will be held at the School of Architecture on Friday April 5th and is open to the UM community and the general public.
At the Glasgow Lecture Hall in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Lecture: “Growing the Good Food Revolution”

Thursday, March 28th, 2013 ∙ 6:00pm
This lecture features UM Alumnus and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Will Allen, an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to under-served, urban populations. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses, where he established and functions as the CEO of the country’s preeminent urban farm and non-profit organization, Growing Power. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a “genius grant,” only the second farmer ever to be so honored. In May 2012, he published the book, THE GOOD FOOD REVOLUTION: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities (Gotham Books). This event will be co-hosted by UM’s Office of the President, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability.
At the Bank United Center Fieldhouse on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Food Day

Wednesday October 24, 2012 ∙ All Day
Food Day is a movement sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to promote a healthy, affordable, sustainable and just food system. Our office will be hosting a series of events around food-related issues, including an afternoon tabling fair for organizations that focus on sustainability, a farmers’ market, and an evening film screening. Past participating organizations include Paradise Farms, Farm Share, Bee Heaven Farm, Teena’s Pride, Farm Fresh Miami, Raw One Food, Youth L.E.A.D. Miami, and Slow Food Miami.
At University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Lecture from Michael Shuman

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 ∙ 7:30pm
Michael Shuman will give the kick-off keynote lecture for UM’s Food Day 2012 programming. Michael H. Shuman is Director for Research and Public Policy for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).  An economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, Shuman is one of the nation’s leading experts on community economics and the advantages of small-scale businesses in an era of globalization. He has authored, coauthored, or edited seven books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006) and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age (Free Press, 1998).  The Small-Mart Revolution received a bronze medal for best business book by the Independent Publishers’ Association. This event will be cohosted by Earth Learning, the College of Arts and Sciences, UM’s Ecosystem Science and Policy Program, and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement.
At the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery in the Wesley Foundation Building, University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Film Premiere: On Cities

Monday, October 22, 2012 ∙ 9:00 – 11:30am, 3:00 – 5:30pm
Directed by Sanjeev Chatterjee, award-winning documentary media maker and professor at the University of Miami. On Cities is a non-verbal short documentary film that explores imminent threats to contemporary cities around the world. The film focuses on the transformation of and challenges facing cities around the world and looks to identify not only the struggles associated with inevitable and rapid urbanization, but also the creation and sharing of knowledge aimed at the betterment of urban life.
At the Storer Auditorium, School of Business Administration, University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Community Conversation: “Is Miami the Next Atlantis? A Conversation about the Rising Seas”

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 ∙ 11:30am – 1:30pm
Join Dr. Hal Wanless, Professor and Chair, University of Miami’s Department of Geological Sciences; Caroline Lewis, Executive Director, CLEO Institute; Susy Torriente, Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale; and Rick Saltrick, City Engineer, City of Miami Beach, as they discuss sea level rise, how it’s hitting home and what we can do about it. This event is cohosted by the Good Government Initiative.
At the Hurricane 100 Room in the Bank United Center, University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Lecture and Panel Discussion: “Building Groups in Germany – A Democratic Alternative for the Development of Multi-Family Housing”

Friday, September 28th, 2012 ∙  12:30 p.m.
With Dr. Natan Hogrebe (Partner, Schwenke & Schütz), Andrew Frey (Miami-based lawyer, developer and urban activist), Robert Chisholm (Miami-based architect and former city planner) and Arden Shank (President and CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida)
At the School of Law Faculty Seminar Room (G482) on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus

Lecture: “Sustainability = Equity”


Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, 6:00 pm
Mike Pyatok, FAIA, Principal of Pyatok Architects and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Washington has served as a professor of architecture and design at the University of Washington, Harvard University, and Arizona State University. From 2004 to 2007, he also served as the Founding Director of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family at Arizona State University, leading their efforts to develop demonstrations of sustainable design and affordable housing. At the heart of Mike’s work is the participatory design process he uses to deeply involve residents, community members, and stakeholders in the revitalization of low‐income communities.