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  • 2016 CIA Dooley Lecture Series

    The mission of the Dooley Lecture Series is to bring speakers of repute in all disciplines to the CIA and surrounding communities. The series is funded through the generous support of Patricia Dooley Fortenbaugh. Ms. Fortenbaugh is the daughter of Carroll Dooley, the first Director of the Division of Food Preparation for the Culinary Institute of America. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is based on a first come, first served basis. There is no registration process. Lectures and readings are one hour long, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

    The Dooley Lecture Series Presents:

    Stephen Lerner, Speaker at Dooley Series at the CIA

    How Billionaires, Bankers & Hedge Funds are Eating Our Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Causes of Growing Inequality in America

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    2–3:30 p.m. with a Q&A to follow
    in the Anheuser-Busch Theatre

    Stephen Lerner is a Fellow at Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. He is the architect of the groundbreaking Justice for Janitors campaign, which was featured in the movie Bread and Roses starring Adrien Brody. Over the past three decades Lerner has organized hundreds of thousands of janitors, farm workers, garment workers, and other low-wage workers into unions, resulting in increased wages, first-time health benefits, paid sick days, and other improvements on the job.

    A leading critic of Wall Street bankers and the increased financialization of the US economy, Lerner argues the growing power and influence of the finance industry has led to record income inequality and served as the primary driving force behind the creation of overwhelming debt obligations seen at the state and local level, in addition to growing individual debt. The result, Lerner says, is a consolidation of economic and political power in the hands of a small number of banking and finance executives—a power dynamic he believes is detrimental to average Americans and the long-term health of the nation's economy. Lerner advocates for the use of non-violent civil disobedience as a tactic to challenge the influence of Wall Street and corporations.

    Lerner is a frequent contributor on national television and radio programs and has published numerous articles charting a path for a 21st century labor movement focused on growth and meeting the challenges of a global economy.


    Black Lives Matter:  The Intersectionality of Race and the Food System at the CIA's Dooley Theatre

    Black Lives Matter: The Intersectionality of Race and the Food System

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    11:00 a.m.–12 noon with a Q&A to follow
    Lower Level of Marriott Pavilion

    Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She is committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land the nourishes us.

    As a core member of the Freedom Food Alliance, Leah cultivates life-giving food for incarcerated people and their loved ones. She also runs an on-farm restorative justice program that is an alternative-to-incarceration for area teens and a training program for aspiring Black and Latino activist-farmers. In recognition of the truth that food sovereignty is a global struggle, Leah is also a core collective member of Ayiti Resurrect, and coordinates an ongoing reforestation and sustainability project with farmers in Haiti.

    Leah holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University. She has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002.


    Past Events:

    Conflict Kitchen at the CIA's Dooley Theatre

    Serving Gastrodiplomacy at Conflict Kitchen

    Robert Sayre and Dawn Weleski

    Friday, July 17, 2015
    12:15 p.m.
    Lower Level of Marriott Pavilion

    Culinary Director Robert Sayre and co-director Dawn Weleski will present the five-year history of Conflict Kitchen, discussing the development of the restaurant/art project's vision; political, cultural, and culinary research processes and the products of such; and the deepening of collaborations with immigrants from the Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan, Cuban, North Korean, and Palestinian communities and those still residing in those countries.

    Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA that serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to current geopolitical events.

    Robert Sayre has been working in kitchens since his first job scooping ice cream at age 14. After a brief interlude to study music at Middlebury College, Robert resumed his culinary career as a 2004 graduate of Pennsylvania Culinary Institute. He has since worked his way up through the Pittsburgh restaurant scene. He joined Conflict Kitchen as Culinary Director in December 2011 and working with founders Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski has expanded the culinary and artistic breadth of the project. Over his time at Conflict Kitchen, the project has relocated, expanded its menu, and developed a series of dinners and events to focus the attention of Americans on the people, foods, and cultures of countries with whom the United States is in conflict.

    Dawn Weleski is an artist. Her practice administers a political stress test, antagonizing routine cultural behavior by re-purposing underground brawls, revolutionary protests, and political offices as transformative social stages. She co-directs Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant that serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict, which has been covered by over 550 international media and news outlets worldwide and is a finalist for the Second International Public Art Award. Weleski has exhibited around the world in Brazil, Egypt, Korea, Switzerland, and the United States, and has been a resident at The Headlands Center for the Arts, SOMA Mexico City, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts; and is a fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.


    Hank ShawHank Shaw
    Stepping onto Nature's Stage: Foraging, Fishing, and Hunting in the Modern World

    Join forager, hunter, angler and cook Hank Shaw in a discussion not only about how you can integrate the wild world with the modern one, but also why you'd want to in the first place. Humans are as divorced from nature as we have ever been as a species. As we spend more of our daily lives staring at a glowing screen, many of us are beginning to realize how damaging that divorce has been. Nature is our home, the active pursuit of her bounty is perhaps the best way to step away from the computer and out onto nature's stage. Once we do that, we realize how important it is to preserve what remains of the wild world around us.

    A former line cook and political journalist, Hank Shaw runs the James Beard Award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook. He is the author of Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast and Duck, Duck, Goose, has appeared in the anthology Best Food Writing several times and has written for magazines ranging from Field & Stream to Food & Wine. He hunts, forages, and fishes in Northern California.

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