Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00

Wed, March 6, 2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM LIU INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ISSUES. Free. The Future of Food Global Dialogue Series presents Harriet Friedmann. Join Dr. Friedmann for a one hour talk followed by facilitated discussion to learn about the foundation of selecting, saving, changing and planting seeds. Light refreshments will be provided. About the talk: In a time when more people live in cities than the countryside, it is challenging to think through the implications that we all live from the land, to take in deeply and practically what it means that humans are part of nature. How do city dwellers come to recognize changing nature, including human nature, at a time of rebalancing of atmospheric gases supporting life as we still know it, and of cascading deaths of species, some before they have been identified? Dr Friedmann will focus on seed governance at the interface of society, culture, and ecology. She will be drawing on the history of ideas about nature, especially Humboldt and Darwin from the 19th century, and Latour’s revisioning of how governing human society might adequately respond to the Gaia hypothesis. Seeds of recognition lie in new ways of understanding humans as a species at once like other species—in that humans change ecosystems to get food — but also unique in its capacity to reflect and change its practices. About the speaker: Dr. Harriet Friedmann is Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Toronto. She is the co-developer of the historical food regimes approach and a contributor to debates on family farming.