A First-Year Seminar / Campus Community Book Project Collaboration

"It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are also more people who are overweight. 

To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India’s wrecked paddy-fields and Africa’s bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestor-packed streets of South Korea."

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System 

by Raj Patel

Undergraduate Education invites faculty in all disciplines to teach a First-Year Seminar around the Campus Community Book Project. The FYS-CCBP collaboration is an ideal way to introduce students to the critical issue of food insecurity and explore UC Davis's commitment to developing new ways to feed the world.

Seminars may be taught in any department from myriad perspectives, with the support of strong programming already in place.  In lieu of weekly class meetings, students and faculty can attend presentations including the author’s talk at the Mondavi Center during winter quarter.  Limited complimentary tickets will be provided. A full schedule of multidisciplinary programming is available, as well as a winter quarter curriculum outline incorporating the author's talk and other presentations.


Support for CCBP Seminars

In addition to the $2,500 academic enrichment fund for offering a one-unit seminar or $3,000 for a 2-unit seminar, we offer

  • A curricular structure built around the CCBP event schedule that can be adapted to your line of inquiries.  With this structure, class meets 4-6 times during the quarter, and students attend 3-6 events. 
  • Winter quarter seminars may receive tickets to attend Raj Patel’s lecture at the Mondavi Center
  • Please send a brief statement of interest to Janet Chambers at jachambers@ucdavis.edu or call 530-752-1772. Submit your application by October 19 in order for your seminar to be included in the Pass 1 registration period.

As with all First-Year Seminars, courses may be one or two units, and graded or P/NP.  Please see Teach First Year Seminars for more information.


A Suggested Syllabus for Winter 2017

We have created a plan that takes advantage of on-campus programming including the author’s talk at the Mondavi Center.  This plan allows you to have five class meetings and assign students to attend five hours of events.  Class is taught Tuesdays at noon to align with the scheduled talks.  Additional optional events are listed.  Tickets to attend the author’s talk at the Mondavi Center will be available at no cost for a limited number of courses.

 (Download the spreadsheet)

Week Day Date   Activity Speaker Time Location Class / Attendance hours Optional Hours
Week 1 Tuesday 10-Jan Class Class meets noon 1
Week 2 Tuesday 17-Jan Class Class meets noon 1
Week 3 Tuesday 24-Jan Presentation What the Evolution of Lactation Can Teach Us About Sustainable Nourishment for All Bruce German, Professor of Food Science & Technology noon Garrison Room MU 1
Week 4 Tuesday 31-Jan Presentation Cycles:  How Natural Resources Management and Food Justice Need Each Other Nikki Silvestri, Founder and Principle, Silvestri Strategies noon MU Garrison Rm 1
Week 5 Tuesday 7-Feb Class Class meets 1
Weds 8-Feb Optional Presentation Optional:  Recipe for Rebellion People's Kitchen Collective 5:30-7:30 SCC MPR 2
Co-Sponsored by Black Family Weeks
Weds 9-Feb Optional Presentation The Health of Immigrant Farm Workers Marc Schenker, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Migration and Health Research Center, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, Department of Public Health Sciences 12:00-1:00 MU DiCarli 1
Week 6 Tues 14-Feb No Meeting 1
Thurs 16-Feb Optional Presentation Of Land and Legacies: Centering Histories of Black Farmers' Cultural Work & Whose Farm? Which Fork? Dr. Gail Myers, anthropologist, filmmaker, founder of Farms to Grow Inc.; Kimberly D. Nettles-Barcelón, Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. 4:00-6:00 SCC D 2
Co-Sponsored by Black Family Weeks
Thurs 16-Feb Optional Presentation Wendell Gilgert, Point Blue Conservation Science Point Blue Conservation Science’s Rangeland Watershed Initiative: Re-Watering California’s Rangelands While Producing Climate-Smart Food and Fiber noon MU DiCarli
Week 7 Tues 21-Feb Class Class meets noon 1
Week 8 Tues 28-Feb Class Class meets noon 1
Week 9 Tues 7-Mar Presentation The Impact of U.S. Food and Nutrition Programs on Child Well-being Marianne Page, Professor, Economics; Deputy Director, Center for Poverty Research noon MU Garrison Room 1
Week 10 Mon 13-Mar Presentation Attend Author Talk  1
Optional Presentation Forum: Setting the Table for 9 Billion: Sustainability and Food Security for 2050 Panel discussion with Raj Patel,and panelists Thomas Tomich, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Founding Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI); and Kent Bradford, Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center. Moderated by Pamela Ronald, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Genome Center. 5:00-6:00 Mondavi / Jackson Hall 1
Author Talk Author Talk  Raj Patel 8:00-9:00 Mondavi / Jackson Hall   2