More than a Single Story: Reclaiming our Food

Date: 3/26/17

Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)

Day of the Week: Sunday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

• Regular: $10.00
• Member: $5.00

The Loft proudly presents More than a Single Story: Reclaiming our Food

Food has always been a tool for organizing, celebrating, and creating community. By those determined to assert and maintain power, it has been a means of gaining control of the people. Human bodies and land—a natural resource like air and water, have been commodified. Food became a privilege instead of a human right.  

In this discussion with Pakou Hang, LaDonna Sanders Redmond, Princess Titus, and Diane Wilson we will hear how colonization and commodification have affected our communities’ relationships with food and how we can reclaim the food that is meaningful to us. 

Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned). 

Carolyn Holbrook is a 2015 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant and was the 2010 recipient of the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MHS Press). Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 & 2015. She founded SASE: The Write Place in 1993 and served as its Executive/Artistic Director until 2006, when she spearheaded its merger with Intermedia Arts. In 2005, she designed the Givens Foundation for African American Literature’s writers-in-the-schools program. She is the founder of the writing group, Twin Cities Black Women Writing. She teaches at Hamline University and Minneapolis Community & Technical College.
Musical Performer
Taylor Seaberg is a nomadic musician with a passion for jazz stylings and hip hop.

Pakou Hang is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association. Pakou’s childhood was spent picking cucumbers for Gedney Pickles and growing and selling vegetables at the local farmers markets. She has over 20 years’ experience with farming and vegetable production and is a former member of the St. Paul Farmers Market Board of Directors as well as a 2011 participant to The White House Project’s Plate to Politics Summit in Wisconsin. Pakou has worked for over 12 years as a community organizer and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a Masters in Political Science and from Yale University in 1999 with a B.A. also in Political Science. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the newly inaugurated Bush Leadership Fellowship which was the impetus for the formation of HAFA.

In her Chicago neighborhood, LaDonna Redmond worked to rebuild the urban food system. The citywide grassroots movement led to national conversations about food justice. A long-time community activist, LaDonna Redmond has successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policies to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. Redmond is a WK Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow and a Green For All Fellow.

In 2009, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine. In  2013, she launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now (CFJN). Currently, she is the diversity and community engagement manager for Seward Community Co-op. In that role LaDonna lead an effort to build a natural foods co-op in a historically African-American community in south Minneapolis, the co-op opened in October 2015.  LaDonna hosts radio shows, It's Your Health s and  Diary of an Urban Food Goddess. Combining art with activism Ladonna curates theater performances called SOUL food monologue. SOUL stands for Sustainable, Organic, Urban, and Local.

Princess Titus is Co-Founder of Appetite for Change and is its Director of Education and Training. Her vision is for the community to be a safe place that promotes healing, thinking, and healthy living. This Chicago native has dedicated twenty years of her life to making North Minneapolis a better place. She has an Early Childhood Teaching License and, as a teacher, she worked with families and children to build healthy foundations for lifelong learning. As an HIV Educator and Licensed Employment Counselor at the Minneapolis Urban League, she worked with teens and adults, meeting people where they are, and modeling skills necessary for success.

Diane Wilson is a prose writer who uses personal experience to illustrate broader social and historical context. Her memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the 2012 One Minneapolis One Read program. Her 2011 nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life was awarded the 2012 Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her work has been featured in anthologies, A Good Time for the Truth, Yellow Medicine Review, American Tensions, Fiction on a Stick, Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time; and many other publications.

She has received awards from the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council, as well as residencies at Camargo, Hedgebrook Writers’ Residency, Norcroft Writers’ Retreat, and Ragdale. She is a past editor of Minnesota Literature, former board chair of SASE: The Write Place, and the founder and editor of The Artist’s Voice. Wilson is the Executive Co-Director for the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, MN, and a 2013 Bush Fellow.

Pricing Option: $10.00 (Non-Member Price)