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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

Feb 15, 2023 - 6:00 PM
to Feb 15, 2023 - 7:00 PM
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The Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture and the Committee on Lectures (funded by the Student Government) invite you to join us for:

"A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things"


Dr. Raj Patel


Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. Based on the latest research in political ecology, together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Patel will demonstrate the cost it takes to make the world cheap and safe for capitalism. At a time of crisis in all seven cheap things, innovative and systemic thinking is urgently required. A range of social movements have already proposed radical new ways to value the planet and its webs of life and care for a turbulent twenty-first century.

Raj Patel is an award-winning author, film-maker and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US, UK, and EU governments and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. In 2016 he was recognized with a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and he cotaught the Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. In addition to scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial TimesLos Angeles TimesNew York TimesTimes of IndiaThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His second, The Value of Nothing, was a New York Times and international best-seller. He is the coauthor with Jason W. Moore of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. His acclaimed latest book, co-authored with Rupa Marya, is entitled Inflamed: Deep Medicine and The Anatomy of Injustice.

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Thank you to our cosponsors for their generous contributions to this event: 

  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
  • CALS Office of Diversity and Inclusion Programs
  • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Department of Political Science
  • MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment
  • Global Resources Systems Program