imagine chair


Soul Foods Monologue

5/2016 - 5/2018

Collaboration between Tracey Deutsch (PI) Julie Grossman (Horticulture), Sheri Breen (Poli Sci-Morris), Karl Hakanson (Extension) and LaDonna Redmond (Outreach Director for Seward Friendship Coop and local food equity activist). Cofunded by OVPR's Serendipity Grant and Imagine Chair. Imagine Chair funding would extend monologues performances into suburban/exurban areas and into summer 2017.

Making the Best of It

06/2016 - 06/2017

Two Northern Spark performances in June 2016 and June 2017 respectively, with a series of community potlucks and public food performances in the intervening year.

Graduate Pedagogies

08/2016 - 08/2018

Work with graduate students to develop teaching modules on food studies and to facilitate deeply interdisciplinary graduate learning in food studies among CFANS, CoD, and CLA students. Chair and Emily Hoover (Horticulture) will collaborate on this.

Food, Biogovernance and Racial Indigestion: Kyla Wazana Tompkins

09/2016 - 04/2017

Reading groups at Duluth and Morris campuses, speakers, and Tompkin's Winton Chair Cornerstone Events in late March 2017.

Radical Recipes

09/2016 - 12/2016

Digital Learning and Public Engagement project. Chair will do in conjunction with Jigna Desai, Catherine Squires and Gordon Park High School students

Community Conversations

9/2016 - 6/2017

Conversations with community partners, faculty, and students from which partnerships and themes of capstone event (The Food Institute) will emerge.

Thinking Food

09/2016 - 08/2018

Website portal for relevant events and courses on the Morris, Twin Cities, and Duluth campuses.

Food Fellows

1/2017 - 8/2018

Graduate students who will periodically report on Imagine Chair events and assist in framing subsequent ones.

Putting the Public in its Place: Tour and Historical Mapping of Food Production Sites

May 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

partnering with community gardens and local tour guide Karl Haakanson

First Year Seminars

08/2017 - 12/2017

Linked First Year Seminars with a shared focus on food equity and food studies; each partnering with a different community group. Instructors: Greg Donofrio, Tracey Deutsch, Lorena Munoz, Emily Hoover

Food Institute

09/2017 - 06/2018

Food, Mobility and Social Justice: Community GIS project collaboration with students and Tamales y Bicicletas

09/2017 - 12/2017

Mapping Food Stories

09/2017 - 12/2017

Project that brings over 500 Duluth middle schoolers to a sustainable agricultural farm, to explore students' own "food stories."

"Food Stories" Map and Archive

01/2018 - 08/2018

Collective construction of a digital map and archive of stories collected via Imagine Chair projects. Map will be displayed at closing institute and stories will be archived on our website. We will also explore possibilities for a permanent presence for both sets of records.

Design Thinking around long-term changes

02/2018 - 07/2018

Consultation between collaborators and Virajita Singh about processes, and spatial changes, in light of conversations that have occurred among faculty, students, and community members.