Quarterly Lecture Series

The Center's quarterly lecture series offers informative talks on revolving themes from experts in a variety of fields. All are welcome at these free public events.

Past Lectures

Critical and Equity-Oriented Pedagogical Innovations in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Education

March 3, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30pm (PST) / 3:00 - 4:30pm (EST)

In response to the confluence of ecological, economic, and social crises associated with colonial and neocolonial food systems, agroecology and sustainable food systems education initiatives that develop participants' capacities for systems thinking, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration, community-based learning, and collective action projects have emerged in institutes of higher education and popular social movements across the globe. In this lecture, a panel of speakers discusses critical and equity-oriented pedagogical innovations in agroecology and sustainable food systems education.


  • Selena Ahmed (Montana State University)
  • Nils McCune (University of Vermont, Latin American Institute of Agroecology)
  • David Meek (University of Oregon)
  • Albie Miles (University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu)
  • tanamá varas (Agroecology Commons)
  • Will Valley (University of British Columbia)

The evolution of agroecology as a practice, a research discipline, and a social movement

October 7, 2020, 1:30 - 2:45pm, (PST) / 4:30 - 5:45pm (EST)

What does agroecology mean? How is it practiced? Who are the holders / creators of agroecological knowledge? What are the exciting questions or recent advances in agroecology research?

A panel of experts will give five-minute "lightning talks" on their interpretation of the evolution of agroecology as a practice, research discipline, and social movement. Q&A session to follow.


  • Ana Elisa Pérez-Quintero (La Colmena Cimmarona, Vieques, Puerto Rico)
  • Charles Francis (University of Nebraska)
  • Julie Grossman (University of Minnesota)
  • Ernesto Mendez (University of Vermont)
  • Aidee Guzman (UC Berkeley)
  • John Vandermeer (University of Michigan