Priscilla McCutcheon to Speak at Williams College about Food Sustainability

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 8, 2016—Priscilla McCutcheon, assistant professor of geography and geosciences at the University of Louisville, specializing in human geography, food, and race, will visit Williams College on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to discuss “Growing Black Food on Sacred Land: Using Black Liberation Theology to Imagine an Alternative Black Agrarian Future.” This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. It is free and open to the public.

McCutcheon’s primary research focus is on the intersection of agriculture/food, racial identity formation, and religion. In her dissertation, “‘Heaven on Earth’: Race, Food and Space in Black Religious Food Programs,” she examines racial identity formation and place-making through the lens of three black religious food programs that range from a black Protestant church’s emergency food program to a black nationalist Christian organization that is farming over 4,000 acres of land.

McCutcheon has previously held positions at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she was a post-doctoral fellow, and the University of Connecticut, where she was an assistant professor. She holds a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

This event is sponsored by Africana Studies and the Center for Environmental Studies and part of the year long initiative on Confronting Climate Change. Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.

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