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Half the Sky, Half the Earth: A Conference on Women, Food, and Faith

9:00am - 6:00pmWait Chapel



Come join us for a stimulating and challenging day as we explore the distinctive intersections of women, food, and faith in shaping a new food ecology.

sponsored by
the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity,
with generous support from Kalleiopeia Foundation

 co-sponsored by the WFU’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program,
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Winston-Salem), and The Humane Society of the United States

This conference is open to both men and women.

Conference Schedule

9:00am – 9:30pm Registration
9:30 – 9:45am Welcome and Announcements 
9:45 – 10:45am Plenary I: “‘I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked:’ Race, Food Shaming, and the Politics of Eating Right” with Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson 
11:00am – 12:00noon Plenary II: “What’s That Women’s Studies Professor Doing in the Kitchen? Women, Gender, and Food Practices” with Dr. Arlene Avakian 
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch 
1:30 – 2:30pm Plenary III: “Taking the Journey with Women of Color in Food and Agriculture” with Cynthia Hayes 
2:30 – 2:45pm Coffee Break 
2:45 – 3:45pm Food Justice
2:45 – 3:00pm Part I: “Farms or Factories?” with Victoria Strang
3:00 – 3:45pm Part II: “The Substance of Things Hoped For: Realizing Rights for Farmworkers” with Noelle Damico
3:45 – 4:30pm “The Color of Food: Highlighting Women of Color in Agriculture: A Photographic Storytelling Presentation” by Natasha Bowens
4:30 – 5:00pm Break 
5:00 – 6:00pm Closing Address: “Communion at the Corner Store: Eating in the City of God” by Sara Miles 
6:30 – 8:00pm Optional Private Dinner with Sara Miles (limited to 50 people; additional registration required) 


Conference Sessions

Complete details about the schedule and speakers is available on the conference website.



Registration has closed for this event.


Conference Costs:

Wake Forest Student, Staff or Faculty Member without lunch No Cost
Wake Forest Student, Staff or Faculty Member with lunch $15
Non-Wake Forest Student (includes lunch) $25
General Admission without lunch $35
General Admissions with lunch $50
Optional Private Dinner* with Sara Miles (Wednesday evening; limited to 50 people) $25
*Private Dinner is an additional registration cost. For example, if you register with general admission with lunch and would like to attend the dinner, the total registration cost would be $75.


Contact Information

Fred Bahnson | Director, Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative