The University of Southern Mississippi will welcome sociologist Dr. Yuki Kato to the Hattiesburg campus Feb. 12 when its Department of Anthropology and Sociology begins a new lecture series. Dr. Kato will present “Food Justice for Whom? Examining the Opportunities and Challenges of Making Local Food Accessible to the Food Desert.”
This lecture is part of the Anthropology-Sociology Research Colloquium and will meet at noon in the Liberal Arts Building, room 204. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Kato is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Tulane University. Her current research examines the emergence of urban agricultural activities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and explores its broader social impacts on community (re)development, demographic shift, and racial/class inequality in the city.
Based on her research of the emergence of urban agricultural activities in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, the presentation will provide an illustration of the challenges of the activism to bring fresh, local produce to the so-called food desert in the city. The presentation will also explore opportunities for promoting and practicing food justice in the city.
"Our ongoing Colloquium affords the opportunity for anthropologists and sociologists to share their research, permitting others to learn about the wide variety of research projects being conducted in our department and beyond. Besides highlighting the research of our own faculty and students, it also allows us to bring social science researchers from other institutions to our campus, which increases the exposure that USM students and others have to the breadth of our disciplines," said Department of Anthropology and Sociology chairman Ed Jackson.
For more information, contact the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at 601.266.4306.