Author and sustainable-farming expert Anna Lappe will deliver a lecture titled “Sustainability, Sustenance and Social Change: How Sustainable Food and Farming Can Nourish the World and Transform Communities” at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre as part of The University of Montana President’s Lecture Series.
Lappe also will deliver an afternoon seminar in conjunction with the UM Philosophy Forum titled “Eat the Sky: Connecting the Dots between Climate, Food and the Future of Farming,” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. earlier the same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.
During the past decade, Lappe has been a fierce critic of industrial agriculture for making people sicker, fatter and poorer. She has built an international reputation through books, online videos and lectures as a leading expert on sustainable food and agricultural policies.
Her books include “Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet,” “Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen” and “Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It.” Her opinion editorials have appeared in publications such as The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times and she has been a consulting editor to The Nation magazine. In 2002, Lappe co-founded the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund to support grassroots anti-hunger efforts in the U.S. and abroad.
The President’s Lecture Series consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. Lappe’s lecture is the annual Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture on Environmental Philosophy. For more information on the President’s Lecture Series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.