The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service will play host to “Food for Thought: A Symposium Devoted to Food, Policy and Community in Arkansas” Friday, Oct. 26 at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.
The inaugural symposium, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bowen’s Friday Courtroom, will examine food-related issues pertaining to everything from food trucks to farmers’ markets. The event will feature panel discussions and presentations about the aforementioned issues, how they relate to Arkansans and how they are being addressed in the state.
“Exploring our society’s policies toward food, food security, agriculture, commerce, public health, and ethics is more important than ever,” said David Slade, editor-in-chief of the publication.
Speakers and presenters scheduled for the event include: John Gaber, professor of political science and sociology at the University of Arkansas; Sharon Priest, executive director of Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance; Phyllis Haynes, executive director of the Arkansas Foodbank; Trent Roberts, founding board member of the Arkansas Foodbank; Annette Dove, executive director of TOPPS, Inc.; Jody Hardin, co-owner of Hardin Farms and founder of the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market; and Corri Bristow Sundell and Jack Sundell, founders and co-owners of The Root.
“The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service examines issues lying at the intersection of policy, public interest, academia, and the law,” said Sarah Cowan, communications editor of the publication. “Published exclusively online, the Journal emphasizes interdisciplinary analysis and seeks content not only from legal scholars, but also from academics of all stripes, as well as advocates, students, members of the general public.”
The event will be free of charge and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8:15 the morning of the event.