Hannah Renglich was a Killam Fellow who has always been fascinated with food. Her Killam exchange brought her from York University to Bridgewater State University in 2007-08. Hannah pursued a Master’s in natural resources and peace studies at the U.N.-mandated University for Peace, where she studied community seed-saving as a food sovereignty practise through an ecofeminist lens. Years later, Hannah is still an advocate for food security.
This summer, from June 18th to June 23, Hannah and her colleague Stephanie Knox Cubbon are holding a four-day workshop that will share the vision of the PeaceMeal Project - a project that aims to create a culture of peace through food. Hannah states that “the food system is the human system that is most deeply connected to and dependent on the natural environment. Promoting a culture of peace requires that we develop a right relationship with the environment through our production and consumption of food”.
Her interactive and participatory workshop will examine the relationship between food and peace at different levels, from the personal to the global, using various frameworks including culture of peace, food sovereignty and food security. Using creative activities, dialogue, and self-reflection exercises, participants will explore how our daily act of eating is connected to different facets of peace, and they will reflect on their own place in the food system. With the group, non-peaceful elements of the food system will be diagnosed and strategies to increase or enhance peace there will be identified. The workshop aims to develop skills in mindful eating, critical and reflective thinking, and analysis. Participants will leave the workshop with possible action items and strategies that they can take to increase peace through food in their lives and communities, and will also be invited to participate in the PeaceMeal Project.
The workshop takes place at the Transformative Learning Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The workshop is from Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 23 from 10am-3pm daily. For details and registration, please visit: http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/Summer_Institute/Workshops_and_Courses.html. If you have any questions you can contact Hannah or Stephanie at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.