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Wallace Stegner Center 25th Annual Symposium – “Food and the Environment: Resilient and Equitable Food Security for the West”

March 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for the Wallace Stegner Center lecture in conjunction to the symposium on Wednesday, March 18 with Jessica Fanzo.


The Stegner Center has reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s symposium. We have limited access to our building tomorrow due to today’s earthquake, which compromises our ability to remotely host this year’s symposium. We apologize for this last minute notice and any inconvenience this may have caused you, but this has been an extraordinary year, due to the complications from the coronavirus and this morning’s earthquake and aftershocks.


For additional information, including speaker biographies, please see the symposium brochure »

The King’s English Bookshop, our local bookseller extraordinaire, always joins us to sell a selection of books authored by our speakers, along with other books of interest, at our annual symposium. This year is no exception, as The King’s English Bookshop will join us virtually. You can browse the Symposium book selection here, as well as their books online or call them for recommendations. Their driver will even deliver your books to your doorstep in Salt Lake County. If you’re out of state, they are happy to mail. Media Mail shipping costs are reduced to $1.00.







“Eating is perhaps the most direct way we acknowledge or deny the sacredness of the earth.”
–Gary Paul Nabhan 

Due to recent developments and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, the Stegner Center has decided to host our 25th annual symposium as a VIRTUAL symposium. All registered attendees will receive a webinar link 1 day prior to the symposium.


S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
The Wallace Stegner Center’s 25th annual symposium will address “Food and the Environment: Resilient and Equitable Food Security for the West.” The Symposium will focus on the connections between food and the environment through two lenses. First, it will examine issues regarding and means of promoting the simultaneous resilience of both food supplies and native ecosystems, such as by examining the intersections of food production and water supplies. Second, it will explore emerging and evolving ways to ensure equitable access to appropriate food ways for diverse western communities (e.g., ranching communities, tribes), including innovative approaches to making healthy food available to all residents along the Wasatch Front.

7 hours of CLE (pending).

Registration required »

Registration Fees:
$175 General Public, if received before March 9
$200 General Public, if received on March 9 or later
$150 Seniors (62+), University and College Faculty & Staff, Government, Nonprofit, if received before March 9 $175 Seniors (62+), University and College Faculty & Staff, Government, Nonprofit, if received on March 9 or later
$25 All Students, if received before March 9
$50 All Students, if received on March 9 or later

Symposium Agenda

Thursday, March 19, 2020

7:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Welcome and introductory remarks

8:45 a.m. – “Growing the United States: Agriculture and the Shaping of a Transcontinental Nation”

Anne Effland, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

9:30 a.m. – “Enhancing Biodiversity in the U.S. Corn Belt to Balance Productivity, Profitability, and Environmental Health”

Matt Liebman, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

10:15 a.m. – Break

10:45 a.m. – Food, Law and the Farm Bill

Food & Law
Michael T. Roberts, Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy and UCLA School of Law

The Farm Bill
Laurie Ristino, Strategies for a Sustainable Future and Johns Hopkins University

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

12:45 p.m. – “Our Landscape in Common, Customary Rights and the Incoming Generation”

Severine v T Fleming, Greenhorns, Agrarian Trust, and Smithereen Farm

1:45 p.m. – Producer Panel Discussion

Xiaoxue Du, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Idaho
Jillian Hishaw, Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.)
Janaki Jagannath, Community Alliance for Agroecology
Richard L. Knight, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

3:15 p.m. – Break

3:45 p.m. – Food Sovereignty and Tribes

Rebecca Tsosie, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Cynthia Wilson, Utah Diné Bikéyah

5:00 p.m. Conclude


Friday, March 20, 2019

8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Welcome

8:45 a.m. – Keynote: “Harms without Specific Acts of Wrongdoing: The Role of Systemic Injustice in Food, Environment and Climate Injustices”

Joan McGregor, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and Global Institute for Sustainability, Arizona State University

9:45 a.m. – Break

10:15 a.m. – Local Solutions on the Wasatch Front

Philip Grubisa, Beltex Meats
Ashley Patterson, Wasatch Community Gardens
Carlos Santana, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah
Cari Tagge, Tagge CSI Farm


11:30 – Keynote: “Why We Have Hunger Amidst Plenty”

Jessica Fanzo, The John Hopkins University

12:30 p.m. – Conclude


For additional information, including speaker biographies, please see the symposium brochure »

The King’s English Bookshop will be onsite selling books.

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


Principal Funding:
R. Harold Burton Foundation
The Cultural Vision Fund.




S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation
The Nature Conservancy in Utah
Natural Resources Law Forum


March 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am
March 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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