Food Power Politics: Exploring the Dimensions of the Civil Rights Movement

Perspectives in Global Development: Spring 2024 Seminar Series

About the Speaker

Dr. Bobby J. Smith II, Ph.D. ‘18 is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of Food Power Politics: The Food Story of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, the inaugural book of the newly launched Black Food Justice Series at UNC Press. His interdisciplinary research and teaching cultivate an intellectual sphere and public space to interpret how Black people build agricultural and food systems amid myriad inequalities and injustices, reconfiguring pre-existing conceptualizations of agriculture and food. Dr. Smith is a 2023-2024 Research Fellow in the Public Libraries Partnering on Food Justice Project, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the 2023-2024 USDA National Agricultural Library (NAL) Scholar-in-Residence. He has previously been a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow and an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow.

Perspectives in Global Development

The Perspectives in Global Development seminars are held Wednesdays from 12:20-1:20 p.m. eastern time during the semester. The series is presented in a hybrid format. All seminars are shown in 175 Warren Hall. Students, faculty and the general public are welcome to attend. The series is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science as part of courses GDEV 4961, AEM 4961, NTRES 4961, GDEV 6960, AEM 6960, and NTRES 6960.

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