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The Politics Of Food


Join Erik Nicholson and Jon Little this summer August 4-10th at Ghost Ranch for an exciting course called “Food: The Political and Personal.”

How often do we think about where our food comes from and what it means to us? This class will give you that space for learning and reflection. Through lectures and presentations, you will learn about the experiences of farm workers in this country and the challenges and opportunities for improving working conditions. You will also have the opportunity to reflect on what food means to you on a personal, political, cultural, and spiritual level through individual writing, group presentations, and analyses of poetry and films about food.

Erik is National Vice President of the United Farm Workers. He also serves on the boards of Fair Trade USA and the Equitable Food Initiative. Jon Little is a Professor of English at Alverno College and has many years of experience teaching film, literature, and creative writing.














What participants should expect from course:
–A joint discovery around who puts the food on our table, their aspirations and challenges and opportunities for collaboration
–Exploration of your personal connection to food and food production through autobiographical writing, poetry, fiction, journalism, and film
–Small group work and individual writing to craft personal and political responses to these issues
–If possible, a field trip to meet with farm laborers near Ghost Ranch and engage in a “breaking bread” ceremony

This course has a special “Save Your Space” (housing and course) for $200 until April 1, 2014.  This can be done either by:

  • On-Line (go to the “Register On-Line” button at the bottom of this page.  Complete the on-line form and when you reach the third section, Workshop Choices, from the drop-down box, select “Save Your Space, $200)
  • Calling the Registrar’s Office at (505) 685-1001 or (505) 685-1002, M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm MST

Note:  The $200 Save Your Space is non-refundable, however, transferable to another person you find to take your spot in the event you cannot come.  The $200 deposit will be applied to your overall bill.  50% of your balance is due by April 30, 2014 and the final payment 30 days prior to the course (Friday, May 23, 2014)