Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld

Hartwick To Host Talk on Sustainable Food Systems

February 17, 2012

Professor Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld of the Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak at Hartwick College Monday, February 27, at 7 PM in Anderson Theatre. His title is "Building Sustainable Food Systems: What is the Place of Community?"

The talk provides a window into Dr. Colloredo-Mansfeld's work developing the "Piedmont Grown" brand for a local food activist group in North Carolina.

"Rallying around local food urges people both to eat better and to invest in hometown economies," he explained. "It has also provoked a backlash, with some arguing against using food miles and locality as measures of sound food systems. Implicit in this debate lurks an older controversy about the economic place of community in capitalist society." Professor Colloredo-Mansfeld investigates how feelings about belonging, local history, and economic solidarity appear in today's local food activism. Based on his recent work helping to develop the "Piedmont Grown" brand, he will share how North Carolinians value local food-and how grassroots branding efforts extend and exploit ideas of community in order to rebuild regional food systems.

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Since 1991, he has written and taught about community economies and cultural change in the context of globalization. Much of his work has concerned indigenous peoples and provincial economies in the Ecuadorian Andes.  His publications include The Native Leisure Class: Consumption and Cultural Creativity in the Andes and Fighting Like a Community: Andean Civil Society in an Era of Indigenous Uprisings.  Since 2004, he has worked on local food issues in the United States, first as a member of the Regional Food Systems Working Group at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, and more recently as a founding board member of Piedmont Grown, Inc. a local food branding program for central North Carolina.

The lecture is sponsored by the Anthropology Department through its Hardy Chair endowed speakers fund. H. Claude Hardy, the first chair of Hartwick College's combined Anthropology and Sociology Department, generously endowed Hartwick College with a fund to establish a lecture series in his memory. He left instructions that the speakers must be able to connect their studies of academic matters with information of interest to the contemporary community. The lecture is also part of the Human Question academic theme for Hartwick College.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Community members are especially invited to attend. For further information, contact Associate Professor and Hardy Chair of Anthropology Jason Antrosio at 607-431-4987 or

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