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A Menu for Change: Transforming the Food System


How can we sustainably and ethically feed the world? The Berkeley Food Institute is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary effort that brings together diverse scholars to effect change in how our food is grown, delivered, and consumed. Please join us for a lively conversation on cultivating diversity, justice, and health through food.

October 21
Saru Jayaraman, Director, Food Labor Research Center, UC Berkeley 
Jennifer Sowerwine, Research and Outreach Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

October 30 
Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities 
Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, Clinical Professor, Community Health and Human Development, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

November 18 
Kristine Madsen, Assistant Professor, Community Health and Human Development, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program 
Philip B. Stark, Professor and Chair of Statistics

November 19 
Philip B. Stark, Professor and Chair of Statistics 
Darin Jensen, Lecturer and Cartographer, Geography Department

Moderator: Ann Thrupp, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Saru Jayaraman

Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and director of the Food Labor Research Center at Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC in New York, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible restaurants, and launch cooperatively-owned restaurants. ROC now has 10,000 members in 19 cities nationwide.

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Jennifer Sowerwine

Sowerwine is a research and outreach specialist in Berkeley’s department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. She holds a Ph.D. in wildland resource science from Berkeley (2004) and a B.A. in geography/ecosystems from UCLA (1991). Her research interests include building equitable, economically viable, and culturally relevant food systems in metropolitan areas that contribute to healthy communities, ecological diversity, and sustainable livelihoods.

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Hilary Hoynes

Hoynes is a professor of economics and public policy and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at Berkeley. She is the co-editor of the leading journal in economics, the American Economic Review. Hoynes specializes in the study of poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families. Her work has been published in leading journals such as the The Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Econometrica.

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Karen Sokal-Gutierrez

Sokal-Gutierrez M.P.H. ’88 is a clinical professor at Berkeley’s School of Public Health and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program where she teaches medical students, public health graduate students, and undergraduates. She is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health/maternal-child health. Her work focuses on improving early childhood health and reducing health disparities. She has served as a physician in community health clinics, public health program administrator, consultant to child care and preschool programs, and writer for a parenting website.

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Kristine Madsen

Madsen is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association, and other agencies, Madsen works to identify programs and policies that will reduce childhood obesity and its attendant health disparities.

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Darin Jensen

Jensen has been a cartographer since the last century. He has worked as a data visualization analyst for the University of California Office of the President since 2015 and founded Guerrilla Cartography in 2012. Jensen holds a B.A. in geography from  Berkeley and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Mills College in Oakland. 

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