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April 1, 2017 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Austin Hall
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

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This year’s Just Food? Conference will focus on labor in the food system, exploring the issues most relevant to those who grow, harvest, prepare, and serve our food. Participants will learn from a diverse group of food system workers, advocates, scholars, practitioners and other authorities, who will speak about their work on topics including agricultural worker rights, worker compensation in the restaurant industry, regulatory responses, and alternative ownership and operating models. Through the conference, we hope to shift attention toward a critical, but often overlooked, component of our food system: the  workers. By amplifying the voices of those most embedded in our food system, we hope to educate participants, empower them to make positive change, and ultimately, work together to create a more just food system.

Conference Features

  • Two keynote talks, including:

    • A keynote talk, Discriminatory labor practices in the restaurant industry, by Sheila Maddali, Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pennsylvania and Co-Director, Tipped Worker Resource Cente

    • A keynote discussion, More than just food: the case of the Fair Food Program, featuring:

      • Steve Hitov, General Counsel, Coalition of Immokalee Worker

      • Fabiola Mieres, Honorary Research Fellow, Durham University, UK

  • Concurrent panel and workshop sessions throughout Saturday;

  • Lunchtime documentary film screenings; and a diverse poster and exhibit session, highlighting academic and community research


8:00–9:00am: Registration and light breakfast

All Day: Poster Session

9:00–9:20am: Welcome Address from Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School

9:20–10:10am: Keynote: Sheila Maddali, Tipped Over The Edge: Restaurant Workers' & the Fight for Justice

10:25–11:35am: Breakout Session #1: Panels

11:45–12:25pm: Breakout Session #2: Talks

12:35–1:40pm: Lunch and Films

1:50–3:00pm: Breakout Session #3: Panels

3:00–3:30pm: Poster Session & Coffee Break

3:40 - 4:00pm: Remarks from Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School

4:00–4:50pm: Keynote: Steve Hitov and Fabiola Mieres, More Than Just Food: The Case of the Fair Food Program

5:00pm: Goodbye from the Conference Organizers

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A collaboration of the Harvard Food Literacy Project and Harvard Law School Food Law Society. Co-sponsored by the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School.


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