Food, Public Health, and Social Justice

What Does the Food Justice Movement Mean for Public Health?

Former New York Times columnist and bestselling author Mark Bittman, currently a lecturer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is hosting a lecture series on the food justice movement, connecting the dots between the food system, public health, and health policy. Guest speakers—food experts, labor advocates, and environmental activists—will explore the impact of health disparities, nutrition, and climate change on our food security and supply.

All lectures are open to the public. Space is limited; Reserve your spot using the links below.

The upcoming lectures will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia University's Manhattanville campus.

Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St, The Lantern
New York, New York

Nearest subways: 1 at West 125th Street 

Participate using #FoodJustice.

2018-2019 Events

Food & Labor

October 11, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Suzanne Adely, Esq, regional organizer (Mid-Atlantic and New England) of the Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food & Inequality

October 25, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Tunde Wey, writer and chef

Farming While Black

November 27, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Leah Penniman, co-director of Soul Fire Farm
Aya Lane, Artist and Healer
Karen Joseph-Cherfils, MPH, Member-Owner of Community Chef Kitchen

The World That Food Made

February 4, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Raj Patel, PhD
Writer and Activist
Research Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin 
Senior Research Associate Professor, Rhodes University at South Africa

The Optimal Diet + Social Justice

March 6, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Akash Goel, MD
Physician and Health Advocate
Weill Cornell Medicine


A Short History of Food and Capitalism

March 25, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Ricardo Salvador, PhD
Director, Food and Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists