Fall Public Lectures

All Public Lectures 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, The University of Winnipeg


September 26, 2013
Changing Agriculture to Sustain the World: A Sequel
Dr. Martin Entz, University of Manitoba 

Professor Entz is the co-chair of the first Canadian Organic Science Conference, held in Winnipeg in February 2012. He completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in drought physiology, and maintains an interest in international development. Entz has done international development work in North Korea and has traveled all of the world’s continents to observe how sustainable agriculture is performed. His research interests include organic cropping systems, long term organic vs. conventional crop production systems, farmer participatory organic crop breeding, crop-livestock integration, and tropical agriculture.


October 24, 2013
Harvest of Hope and Food Sovereignty in Northern Manitoba
Dr. Shirley Thompson, University of Manitoba 

Dr. Shirley Thompson is an associate professor at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba. Dr. Thompson has a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development and for the last four years and is a board member of Food Secure Canada and the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research. Over the past 10 years Dr. Thompson has published 18 papers in refereed journals in press or published and one co-edited book as well as a number of videos. Dr. Thompson is working with four Island Lake communities as principal investigator for traditional land use planning and occupancy studies for sustainable community development. 


November 21, 2013
Feeding the World: Is Hunger Inevitable?
Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Chair & Professor of International Development Studies, Trent University; and author of: Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question

Trained as an economist, the focus of Dr. Akram-Lodhi's research interest is in the political economy of agrarian change in developing capitalist countries, on the economic dimensions of gender relations, and on the political ecology of sustainable rural livelihoods and communities in contemporary poor countries. Haroon Akram-Lodhi's most recent book is Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question.

Books for sale by Brunswick Books.


Winter Public Lectures

All Public Lectures 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, The University of Winnipeg


January 23, 2014
‘This Land is Our Land?’: Re-integrating Earth, Eating, and Ethics
Dr. Nettie Wiebe, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Nettie Wiebe is the Professor of Church and Society, lecturing on ethics and social and economic justice at St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan. A writer, panelist and speaker on agriculture, environment, public policy and trade issues, Dr. Wiebe has been an advocate for farm families and rural communities in many forums in Canada and abroad. She served as Women’s President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) from 1989-1994 and was elected President of the NFU in January 1995, the first woman to lead a national farm organization in Canada. She is the NFU’s representative to the Via Campesina, a global movement of peasants and small-scale farmers. Nettie Wiebe farms with her husband in Saskatchewan, growing organic grains and pulse crops as well as raising cattle.

Books for sale by Brunswick Books.


February 27, 2014
Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice
Dr. Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First

Dr. Eric Holt- Giménez is the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, a “peoples’ think-and-do tank” dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation. Dr. Holt-Giménez has lived and worked in Latin America where he helped organize and train farm leaders in agroecology and was a consultant to non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and foreign aid agencies. In his recent book, Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, co-authored with Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck, Dr. Holt-Giménez proposes equitable, sustainable solutions to the root causes of the global food crisis. He holds a Masters of Science in International Agricultural Development from University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.


March 20, 2014
Post Green Revolution Agrarian Change and the Burden of Malnutrition in South Asia
Dr. Kirit Patel, Assistant Professor of International Development Studies, Menno Simons College

Dr. Kirit Patel is an Assistant Professor in International Development Studies at Menno Simons College, a public college of Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. He came to Canada from India in 2000 as a PhD student in Guelph and then moved here in 2007. He is participating in a research project that focuses on food security. His research project "Revalorizing minor millets in rain-fed regions of South Asia" was awarded $3.5-million, shared among researchers from Canadian Mennonite University and other Canadian and international university and NGO partners.