Food, Power and Politics Lecture

President Harry Truman (seated) signs the National School Lunch Act of 1946.

President Harry Truman (seated) signs the National School Lunch Act of 1946. Senator Russell stands third from the left.

Inspired by the Food, Power, Politics: The Story of School Lunch exhibit and the School Lunch Challenge cooking competition, the Russell Library established the Food, Power and Politics lecture in 2020. This lecture seeks to use food as a pathway to educate the University of Georgia, Athens-Clarke County, and wider publics about history, politics, nutrition, community, and culture.   

This event is made possible by the Richard B. Russell Foundation Programming Endowment. Major event sponsors include the Russell Library, UGA Libraries, and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. 

For more information about the Food, Power and Politics Lecture, please contact Dr. Kaylynn Washnock Stooksbury at or 706-542-5788.


Food, Power, and Politics Lecturers

2020: Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor Emerita - New York University

2021: Dr. Susan B. Levine, Professor Emerita - University of Illinois-Chicago; Wendi Gosliner,  Project Scientist, Nutrition Policy Institute - University of California; Andrew R. Ruis, Associate Director for Research, Epistemic Analytics - University of Wisconsin-Madison 

2022: Dr. Shane Hamilton, Reader in Strategy, Management and Society - University of York (UK)

2023: Maurice Bailey, President & CEO of Save Our Legacy Ourself (SOLO) - Sapelo Island, GA