Our first James and Marguerite Hutchins Lecture of the 2016-17 academic year, titled “Southern Hunger and the American Food System,” will be presented by award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan. McMillan is author of the bestselling study The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table (Scribners, 2012), which poses the question, “What would it take for us all to eat well?” She has written about food, labor, and class for The New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Saveur, and Slate.
The American South is often celebrated for its rich food heritage and its powerful influence on American cuisine, but the region’s culture and politics are also linked to the darker side of food. McMillan will discuss how modern American food issues like hunger, wages, and labor are deeply tied to the history of the South. You can read more about McMillan’s work on “The New Face of Hunger” here.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by UNC’s Food For All steering committee. The lecture will be held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Stone Center. Light refreshments will be served.