Food for Thought

The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service will host its inaugural symposium event, “Food for Thought: A Symposium Devoted to Food, Policy, and Community in Arkansas,” 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 school’s Friday Courtroom. Registration begins at 8:15.


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 farmers’ markets, “locally sourced” 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 society’s policies toward food, food security, agriculture, commerce, public health, and ethics is more important than ever. “Food for Thought” is free and open to the public. Speakers include Prof. John Gaber, Political Science/Sociology Professor, University of Arkansas; Sharon Priest, Executive Director, Downtown Little Rock Partnership; Kathy Webb, Executive Director, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance; 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 Market; Corri Bristow Sundell and Jack Sundell, Founders and Co-Owners, 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. 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.

Click here for a full schedule of the Symposium’s events. For more information, please contact Sarah Cowan, Communications Editor of the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service.