Social Impact, Education, Law & Government

ESS 309-D (CRN: 10403) / ENGH 309-D (CRN: 10091): Food, Justice and US Literature

Professor: Summer Harrison
Credits: 4

This course examines the intersection of food, justice, and 20th/21st century U.S. literature in order to understand how our ideas about food’s biological, environmental, and social meanings have shaped and been shaped by traditions of American writing. Using a broad range of creative, informational, and critical texts, including fiction and non-fiction, we will explore urgent issues like farmworkers’ rights, hunger/ food insecurity, animal ethics, advertising, cultural foodways, globalization, food justice/sovereignty and the political history of food in the U.S. Throughout the course we will consider questions such as: How is food represented in U.S. writing and how have our cultural and political stories about food changed over time? How is food and food writing implicated in discourses of race, class, gender, and citizenship? What ethical, political, and cultural issues are at stake in the production and consumption of food? How are seemingly personal issues like “hunger” and “taste” actually socially constructed? This course combines academic and experiential learning as students explore the ways larger questions about food and justice play out on a local scale. Through this work, students will gain insight into the local food system, understand local food needs, and participate in local efforts promoting food and social justice.

Attributes: CLA-Off Campus Experience, CLA-Community Based Learning, CLA-Breadth/Humanities, CLA-Diversity US, CLA-Writing Intensive

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 – 10:15 AM

About CBL Classes

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with off-campus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network.