Prof Featured in National 'Thinking Big' Program

March 14, 2011 - Campus Bulletin

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences has chosen a University of Guelph professor to help launch its new “Big Thinking” initiative. The project involves a series of podcasts featuring interviews with scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

Guelph geography professor Evan Fraser appears in Episode 1 of the series. In the interview, he discusses food riots, what his food utopia would look like and what it takes to make us change the way we think about our food.

Fraser joined U of G in fall 2010 as the Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security. He co-wrote the book Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations about how and why human culture depends on food, what happens when a culture runs out of it and our likely future.

He has become a sought-after media expert and consultant on the global food crisis. Recently, he has spoken and written extensively on food riots, looking at the connections among rising prices, hunger and unrest, including an article in Foreign Affairs magazine in February. Published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs is the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs.

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences represents more than 50,000 scholars, students and practitioners. It’s made up of 72 scholarly associations, 75 universities and colleges, and six affiliate organizations.

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