Dr. Garrett Broad is visiting ISU from Fordham University in New York City. His research investigates the role of storytelling and communication technology in promoting networked movements for social justice. Much of his work focuses on local and global food systems, as he explores how food can best contribute to improved neighborhood health, environmental sustainability, and the rights and welfare of animals. An engaged scholar, Professor Broad produces theoretical and empirical work for academic audiences, develops collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, and strives for teaching excellence in the classroom and across digital spaces.
About the talk: The United States food system is characterized by a paradox that provides abundant food for the privileged and “food swamps” for the historically marginalized. In response, food justice activists have developed community-based solutions, arguing that activities like urban agriculture, nutrition education, and food-based social enterprises can lead to social transformation. This talk explores the possibilities and limitations of the food justice approach. It asks - in the age of Trump and beyond, can the food justice movement deliver sustainable community change?