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Webinar: Food, culture, and inequality


For the past 20 years, interest in food — from the Food Network to an exploding restaurant culture to an increase in appreciation for home cooking — has been on the ascent. This has been buoyed by a multi-faceted food movement that contains everyone from farmers to chefs, concerned eaters to health and food justice activists. Sociologist Dr. Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table. In this webinar we dug into how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture.

Dr. Alice Julier is the Director of the Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) and the Director and Associate Professor of Food Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she launched the Master of Arts in Food Studies in 2010. She brings a breadth and depth of knowledge about food systems and culture ranging from sustainable agriculture to race and ethnicity to the obesity crisis. Alice holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been teaching and writing about inequality, culture, food, and everyday life for twenty years. She is the author of Eating Together: Food, Friendship, and Inequality and is the new co-editor of the fourth edition of Food and Culture: A Reader.


  1. The complexities around sitting down over a home-cooked meal with others

  2. The value of sharing meals with those from different social classes or cultures

  3. How a new wave of social enterprises support immigrant women 

  4. How universities teach about good and food education

  5. How the field of sociology intersects with food justice and activism

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