Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Features Activist, Author Raj PatelPosted Oct. 7, 2013
Award-winning author, activist and academic Raj Patel will speak on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 306 at the Kent Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Patel, author of the acclaimed book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, not only identifies the causes behind the worldwide food crisis, but offers sustainable and feasible solutions to deal with them. Patel’s thoughts on food, hunger and globalization have appeared in a number of news sources, including The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He has been featured in both Newsweek and Time and has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” the BBC and NPR.
A London native, Patel graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and he went on to pursue his Ph.D. at Cornell University. Patel is an advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and he has testified to Congress on the causes of the world food crisis. He is involved in several international organizations, including the Land Research Action Network (LRAN), a network of researchers and social movements committed to the promotion and advancement of the fundamental rights of individuals and communities to land. Among other appointments, he is visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for African Studies and is a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). He is currently working on a documentary about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.
The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College. For additional information, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312. If special accommodations for accessibility are needed, please notify the Honors College.