Frances Moore Lappé

February 15, 2011
Living Democracy and Social Justice: Everyday Connections Between Global Hunger, Environmental Sustainability and Food Policies

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
5:00 - 6:00 pm Reception
6:00 - 7:30 pm Presentation

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Sponsored by: School of Social Welfare
Co-Sponsored by: College of Natural Resources and Graduate School of Journalism

Prolific author and former School of Social Welfare student Frances Moore Lappé began a revolution in 1971 with her first book and best-seller, Diet for A Small Planet, which forever changed the way people think about food, world hunger and the human practices that lead to poor and unjust systems of resource distribution.

With a career spanning four decades, Lappé’s dedication to exploring the root causes of starvation, poverty and environmental crises and advocating for solutions through her “Living Democracy” movement has resulted in 17 books, including Democracy's Edge: Choosing to Save our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life and most recently Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want. She is also the co-founder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy in Oakland and the Cambridge, Mass.-based Small Planet Institute. Her work has been recognized by Gourmet Magazine, which listed her among the top 25 individuals who have changed the way Americans eat, and by the James Beard Foundation, which granted its Humanitarian Award to Lappé in 2008.


Join us at this special event to hear Lappé speak about her quest for Living Democracy — a culture in which inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability are valued; where social and political change is affected through not only our votes, but by our everyday choices and ways of thinking.

Watch the James Beard Foundation's video tribute to Lappé: