Watching this film today reminded me of this report I saw last week and emphasized the value of community gardens for our collective knowledge about the world:
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: First Graders Can't Identify Fruits, Veggies
and another that spoke to our disconnect from the process of food-production as a result of large-scale agri-businesses dominating our food practices:
William Neuman: Bribes Let Tomato Vendor Sell Tainted Food
and the classic statement from the hunter-conservationist Aldo Leopold on the consequences of this lack-of-knowledge about the web-of-life:
Aldo Leopold: Thinking Like a Mountain
One of the most important and influential writers on the need for us to re-connect with the land and build strong communities is Kentucky native Wendell Berry
A great article that looks at our disconnect from the "stories" of the processes/beings that lead to the products we consume (including food): Rebecca Solnit: The Silence of the Lambswool Cardigan
Extending the politics of food and communal relations to our interaction with our fellow animals, I reflected on the The Politics of Meat
Samuel (I think that was his name) in actively supporting and joining the Latino gardeners in their fight to keep their gardens stated that he was a Black Panther. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Black Panthers so here is a history of the organization.
I mentioned The Garden is playing in the Lexington One World Film Festival that started this weekend--check out the other films.
Zack de la Rocha is seen playing at a fundraiser at the South Central Garden and this song from Rage Against the Machine seemed relevant to the themes of the documentary: "Ashes in the Fall"
Terr Bruckner just sent a message about a BCTC Library Resource online that may be of use for some of your projects: Women's History
Extra Credit Opportunities (attend and write a 600+ word response)
Wanted to let you know that Rev. John Dear, S. J. (Jesuit priest) will be speaking at the UK Newman Center on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Dear was nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. His talk on Thursday night is entitled “Following the nonviolent Jesus in a world of violence and war.”
The abstract of the talk: Fr. John Dear will share reflections about the world of violence and war, the life of creative nonviolence and peace, Jesus’ active nonviolence, and how we can become contemplatives, activists, and prophets of peace and justice to work for a new world without war, poverty, nuclear weapons or global warming.
One note – he has been arrested over 75 times in acts of civil disobedience against war and nuclear weapons.
PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST HANAN ASHRAWI TO VISIT
A free public lecture featuring Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi has been scheduled for the evening of March 23, 2010, at the University of Kentucky. Ashrawi has served as an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Jerusalem District. In 2009, she was elected a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), making history as the first woman to hold a seat in this executive body. Ashrawi’s academic career spanned several decades in which she served as a faculty member, chair in the Department of English and Dean of the Faculty at Birzeit University on the West Bank. From 1991 through 1993, she served as the official spokesperson of the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Process and a member of both the Leadership/Guidance and Executive Committees of the Delegation.
With the signing of the peace accords by Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin in 1993 and the establishment of Palestinian self-rule, Ashrawi headed the Preparatory Committee of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights in Jerusalem, and was the founder and commissioner general of that committee until 1995. From 1996 through 1998, she served as minister of higher education and research. In August of 1998, she founded the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH), and has served as the Executive Committee chairperson of that organization since that time.
Tickets for Ashrawi’s public talk are available through the Singletary Center Ticket Office or by going to the SCFA website
As students ask question and/or make comments I will add more information in this post...