Matt Garcia talks about the Food Justice Movement

Posted: October 23, 2013

For Arizona State University (ASU) professor Matt Garcia, the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) grape boycott in 1962 is about more than worker’s rights – it’s the beginning of the food justice movement.

Garcia talks about these important topics at Scripps College on Thursday, October 24 as part of the Scripps Public Events and Community Programming lecture series Racism and Community, sponsored by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Fund. The event begins at 4:30pm in Humanities Auditorium and discusses the boycott, the power of interracial communities organizing, and UFW’s accomplishments.

Garcia will demonstrate how UFW’s practices offer important lessons to those wishing to build a new food justice movement today. Inspired by his family’s own involvement in California agriculture, his scholarship seeks to understand who we are as a society by knowing how we feed ourselves. His most recent book, From the Jaws of Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement (University of California Press, 2012), cites oral histories and in-depth studies that revise existing knowledge about Caesar Chavez and UFW.

Currently the director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU, Garcia’s ties to the Claremont community run deep; he received his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in 1997 and served as American studies professor Matt Delmont’s advisor while they were both at Brown University.

“Matt Garcia taught me the importance of academic mentoring,” says Delmont.  “He was and continues to be a great professional mentor for me, and I try to practice these lessons of mentorship here at Scripps.”

For those interested in food justice, consider attending this semester’s Humanities Institute lectures.

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