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Ninth Annual Fairbanks Symposium “Seed to Sustenance: Farming, Food and Hunger in Indianapolis”

Wednesday, March 20
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall

REGISTRATION LINK TO COME

The University of Indianapolis and Indiana Humanities invites you to the 2024 Richard M. Fairbanks Symposium with a focus on Indianapolis food disparity, hunger, farming and more.

Building off the last decade of Fairbanks experiences, the 2024 symposium uses the theme of “Seed to Sustenance: Farming, Food and Hunger in Indianapolis” to ask compelling questions about food sourcing, hunger in the city, food education and urban agriculture.

The symposium includes a buffet lunch and two panel discussions in addition to the keynote. This event is open to the public at no charge.

Day-of schedule is as follows:

9:30 a.m.: Registration opens

10 a.m.: Welcome remarks

10:15 a.m.: Panel 1: “Where Does Your Food Come From?” will examine Indianapolis’ food pathways as different providers discuss the state of food sourcing in the Circle City. Panelists will include Kelsey Timmerman, local author, Connie Lee, and Candace Boyd, director of food justice at The Flanner House. 

11:30 a.m.: Lunch provided

Noon: Keynote: “INconversation with Fred Glass” features a discussion between Glass, president and CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Glass will discuss the state of hunger in Indianapolis and think about where they can go from here. A question-and-answer session will follow. 
  
1:15 p.m.: Panel 2: “Equity and Access: How Do Take Control over What We Eat?” will look at major efforts and challenges in Indianapolis when it comes to the interlinked notions of food education and urban agriculture. Panelists will include Danielle Guerin, executive director of Soul Food Project Indy, Chris Larson, director of environmental education at Paramount Schools of Excellence, Kevin McKelvey, Professor of English and Director of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Indianapolis, and Tatjana Rebelle, director of equitable initiatives at Earth Charter Indiana.

2:15 p.m.: Event concludes, closing remarks