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Stone lecture on food systems sets up spring Weissberg residency

November 19, 2013

Stone Elizabeth Ransom 

Among the highlights of International Education Week (currently underway) is the Ivan M. and Janice S. Stone Memorial lecture, taking place tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium of Morse-Ingersoll Hall.

Elizabeth Ransom, associate professor of sociology at the University of Richmond, will give the lecture on “Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System,” focusing on the dramatic changes that have occurred in the agriculture and food system in recent decades with particular emphasis on changes within the global beef trade and its impacts on the people and environments of Southern Africa.

According to Director of International Education Betsy Brewer, there are many continuing Beloit ties to that region: a number of students have studied in Botswana, Sonja Darlington directed the ACM program there last spring, and Georgia Duerst-Lahti will direct the ACM program there in spring 2014.  Additionally, a past Weissberg Chair, Sheila Tlou, is from Botswana, and political science professor Rachel Ellett has done some research in Botswana.

“Also, Elizabeth Ransom's lecture is going to help the campus prepare for April's Weissberg Residency of Vandana Shiva, for which the general theme is the right to food,” Brewer says.