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Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Food Insecurity and the Right to Food

Contributed by Patricia Zimmermann on 08/06/20 

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Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19:  
Food Insecurity and the Right to Food

Friday August 7, 2020  
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)



Dr. Alicia Swords, Associate Professor, Sociology

Dr. Joseph Piko Ewoodzie '06, Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor of Sociology, Davidson College

Natasha Thompson, President & CEO, Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Moderated by Yolanda Clarke, Tutoring Services and Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on food insecurity and the right to food around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.


Dr. Alicia Swords has been a member of the sociology department at Ithaca College since 2006. Her research and teaching take political economic, ethnographic, and engaged approaches to social change and social movements in the United States and Latin America. She has recently published about organizational change, food dignity, and neo-Zapatista network politics. As honors program director, she enjoyed working with a fantastic steering committee and supporting students  excited by interdisciplinary studies, global learning, and civic engagement.

Dr. Joseph Piko Ewoodzie ‘06 is Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor of Sociology at Davidson College in North Carolina. His research expertise includes sociology of food, hip-hop, culture, race, and urban sociology. He uses qualitative research methods to examine how marginalized populations make sense of inequalities in their everyday lives in urban locales. He is author of the book Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop’s Early Years (2017). He is currently completing a new book, Getting Something to Eat in Jackson, an ethnography of everyday eating practices among poor, homeless, working class, and wealthy African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi.

Natasha Thompson is the President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira NY. She has over 19 years of experience in food banking and started her career as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer at the Community Food Bank in her home state of Rhode Island in 1997. She is the Chair of the Food Bank Association of NYS and a member of Feeding America's Nation Council of food banks representing the Eastern Region. Natasha believes leadership is a spiritual practice that requires you to know yourself & continuously strive to be your best in service to others.













































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