Chewing the Fat

Chewing the Fat: Spring 2018

Isa Mujahid and Camelle Scott-Mujahid ’07, CTCORE-Organize Now! 

Monday, January 15, 4:00 pm
Pierson College,
Leitner House, 231 Park Street

Isa Mujahid and Camelle Scott-Mujahid are the founder and organizing director, and the training director, respectively, of CTCORE-Organize Now!, an organization dedicated to building communities of racial justice freedom fighters to dismantle institutional racism in the state of Connecticut. Using the frames of reparations, systemic inequality, and building new systems and institutions, CTCORE-Organize Now! organizes around a platform developed over the course of nine months by people of color which prioritizes action around the four pillars of criminal justice reform, education equity, economic justice, and environmental justice and health equity. Co-sponsored by Pierson College and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.

Yale Food Systems Symposium 

Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Mark Padoongpatt, Assistant Professor, Asian and Asian American Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Wednesday, February 28, 4:00 pm
Asian American Cultural Center, 295 Crown Street, New Haven

Mark Padoongpatt is an ethnic studies scholar with a focus on Asian/Pacific Islander American studies and twentieth century United States history. His research examines the history of race and ethnicity in American society, immigration, urban/suburban cultures, food, tourism, and sports. He is currently finishing a book that explores the historical relationship between food and identity in post-World War II United States, which focuses specifically on Thai food and how and why it became central to Thai American community and identity formation in Los Angeles. Padoongpatt will give a talk titled “Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America” as a part of the Asian American Studies series from the Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Sponsored by RITM.

Timothy Pachirat PhD ’08, author of Every Twelve Seconds

Thursday, March 1, 4:00 pm
Pierson College, Leitner House, 231 Park Street, New Haven

Timothy Pachirat is a professor of political science at UMass Amherst and author of Every Twelve Seconds, for which he was employed undercover for five months in a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day—one every twelve seconds. Co-sponsored by the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Pierson College, the Traphagen Alumni Speaker Series Fund, and the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.

Nayah Shah, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History, University of Southern California

Wednesday, March 7, 4:00 pm 

Nayan Shah’s research examines historical struggles over bodies, space and the exercise of state power from the mid- 19th to the 21st century. His scholarship has contributed to studies of race, sexuality and gender and to the history of migration, health, law and governance. Shah will give a talk titled “Refusing to Eat: Asian Pacific American Bodily Defiance from Tule Lake Stockade to Refugee Detention” as a part of the Asian American Studies series from the Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Sponsored by RITM.

Maryn McKenna, author of Big Chicken

Tuesday, March 27, 4:00 pm
Room 102,
Linsly Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of the new book Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, named a Best Science Book of 2017 by Amazon and Smithsonian Magazine and a Best Food Book of 2017 by Civil Eats. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, the Animal Law Speaker Series, and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.

Helen Zoe Veit PhD ‘08, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

Thursday, April 19, 4:00 pm
Pierson College

Helen Zoe Veit specializes in American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the history of food and nutrition. Her first book, Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century explores food and nutrition in the Progressive Era. Modern Food, Moral Food was a finalist for the 2014 James Beard Award in Reference and Scholarship. She is now writing a book called Small Appetites: A History of Children’s Food, which examines the history of children’s eating during the last two hundred years. Sponsored by the Traphagen Alumni Speaker Series Fund, the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities, and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.


The Lazarus Events Series for Sustainable Food & Agriculture at Yale, also known as “Chewing the Fat,” is funded through a generous gift from Dr. George and Shelly Lazarus and offers Yale students a chance to learn more about food and farming through guest speakers, culinary workshops, and film screenings. 

People invited to speak as a part of Chewing the Fat represent a range of perspectives on and theories of food systems change, and stretch the bounds of conversations, debates, preconceptions and tropes that  have animated the mainstream “food movement” of years past. Chewing the Fat has been home to practitioners, academics, policymakers, advocates, and activists who generate critical thinking and discussion about food and agriculture, and their relationships to human values, science, and society. Some semesters, the series might be propelled thematically; previous semesters have seen themes such as food law and policy, food and gender, racial justice and food, corporate power and food systems change, and queer food politics. 

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