The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service will host its inaugural symposium event, â€śFood for Thought: A Symposium Devoted to Food, Policy, and Community in Arkansas,â€ť on Friday, October 26th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. The event will take place in the schoolâ€™s Friday Courtroom. To register click here.
Examining issues that affect our food at both the macro and micro levels, panelists and presenters will explore a wide variety of issues from food trucks to farmersâ€™ markets, â€ślocally sourcedâ€ť restaurants to large-scale agricultural operations. The Symposium will also address food scarcity and the novel solutions Arkansans are developing to address hunger while considering the availability of nutritious food as legislative and social justice issues.
Exploring our societyâ€™s policies toward food, food security, agriculture, commerce, public health, and ethics is more important than ever. â€śFood for Thoughtâ€ť is free and open to the public. Speakers include:
Kathy Webb (Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)
John Gaber (Political Science/Sociology Professor, University of Arkansas)
Sharon Priest (Executive Director, Downtown Little Rock Partnership)
Phyllis Haynes (Executive Director, Arkansas Foodbank)
Trent Roberts (Founding Board Member, Arkansas Foodbank)
Annette Dove (Executive Director, TOPPS, Inc.)
Jody Hardin (Co-Owner, Hardin Farms and Founder, the Certified Arkansas Farmers Marke)
Corri Bristow Sundell and Jack Sundell (Founders and Co-Owners, The Root)
Bruce Leggitt (Director, Central Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council)
Fredrick J. Love (Member, Arkansas House of Representatives)
Michelle B. Justus (Director, Disease Prevention Health Promotion, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
Amanda Philyaw Perez (Research Coordinator, Act 1220 Evaluation Project, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
Damian Thompson (Program Coordinator, the Dunbar Garden Project)
Justin Patterson (Owner, Southern Gourmasian)
Buster Lackey (Program Administrator, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education,Â Health and Nutrition
Liz Smith (Associate Professor of Fine Arts, University of Central Arkansas)
Tony BozynskiÂ (Director, Planning and Development, City of Little Rock)
Bryan DayÂ (Assistant City Manager, City of Little Rock)
Jennifer HarrisonÂ (General Manager, University Market @4Corners)
Eric TinnerÂ (Owner, Sufficient Grounds CafĂ©)
Harriett Phillips (Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Office of Governor Mike Beebe)
Click here for a full schedule of the Symposiumâ€™s events.
About the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service
The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service examines issues lying at the intersection of policy, public interest, academia, and the law. 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, and members of the general public.