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Speaker Series to Focus on Food Production

Four talks comprise the series “Food Production, Marketing and Consumption in the United States – Colonial Era to Present.” The campus community is invited to these free presentations, sponsored by the History Department and the Dowd Foundation.

The first presentation, scheduled for 3:30 PM on Nov. 4, features Baldemar Velasquez, founder and president of the Ohio-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Velasquez has dedicated his life to improving the working and living conditions for migrant laborers and their families.

Other speakers include Gavin Gibbons, vice president of communications for the National Fisheries Institute, on Nov. 9; Jeanine Davis, associate professor, North Carolina State University, on Nov. 18; and Robin Emmons, founder and executive director of Charlotte-based Sow Much Good Inc., on Dec. 2.

West to Receive Scholarship and Service Award

Mark West, chair of the English Department, will receive the 2016 Anne Deveraux Jordan Award.

Presented by the Children’s Literature Association, the award is a kind of lifetime achievement award, recognizing significant contributions in scholarship and service to the field of children’s literature over the course of the scholar’s career. West will receive the award at the association’s annual conference in June 2016.

West has taught children’s literature courses at UNC Charlotte every semester since he joined the faculty in 1984. He draws from his eclectic background, including his doctoral work in American studies, and teaches his children’s literature classes from an interdisciplinary point of view.