There are always a lot of good things relating to food going on around Tufts, but this coming week there’s an exceptional convergence of special events starting on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, with the first Food Tank Summit Boston at the downtown campus.
- Food Tank is a non-profit think tank founded in 2013 by Tufts Friedman School alum Danielle Nierenberg. A revolving series of summits and other events brings together thinkers and innovators from around the food system. The theme for the Boston event is “Investing in Discovery.” Tickets are expensive ($399) and are going fast, but you’ll be able to follow along via live-streaming and social media if you’re not able to be there in person.
The following Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 there are three more exciting food events:
- On Friday, April 7, join us for the first Tufts Food Systems Symposium on the Medford campus. Our theme is “Intersections of Waste and Food Insecurity,” and our speakers include Doug Rauch, founder of Daily Table. Doug’s keynote speech will be at 10 am, followed by a panel discussion at 11, lunch from Tufts Dining at 12 (free, but ticket required), and an expo session with student posters and community group tables from 1-2 pm.
- On Friday evening, Tufts Hillel will be hosting its annual Farm-to-Table Shabbat dinner at 7 pm, preceded by discussion at 5 pm. All are welcome – preregistration is required. This is a great opportunity to meet, talk, and think about intersections of food, spiritual practice, and social justice.
- The 10th annual Future of Food Conference, the Graduate Student Research Conference of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, will kick off with a reception and poster slam starting at 4:30 pm on Friday, April 7, followed by a full day of sessions featuring student research. The keynote speaker at 9;15 am will be Helena Bottemiller Evich, Senior Food and Agriculture Reporter at POLITICO; there will also be a panel discussion at 1 pm.
So much to do! If you’re interested in food issues, we hope you’ll get to attend at least some of these great offerings around the university.