Bard College at Simon’s Rock launched the Center for Food Studies in 2013 to advance
the community’s knowledge of food as a cultural force and awareness of our responsibilities
as stewards of a sustainable food system.
The Center's educational mission will promote an understanding of the world around
us by providing a forum for collaboration, communication, and learning across a variety
of food realms by:
offering for credit courses within existing Simon's Rock programs;
collaborating with community partners to sponsor lectures, conferences, and other
educational events on campus and across the region;
creating opportunities for students and local organizations to benefit from internships
and other work/study arrangements;
presenting noncredit workshops for personal and professional education; and
partnering creatively on and off campus to develop awareness of critical issues related
to food, leading to productive connections and action.
The annual ThinkFOOD Conference brings together farmers, educators and entrepreneurs for lively discussions of interdisciplinary topics.
Recent conferences have focused on food activism, regional food culture, and the future
of farming. In addition to the conference, The Center for Food Studies sponsors lectures,
panels, films, and workshops.
Self-designed concentration in Food Studies
The Center for Food Studies is expanding all the time and we are working toward a
formal concentration in the BA Program. In the meantime, students may self-design
a second concentration in Food Studies in conjunction with an established concentration.
Food Studies is easily paired with Cross-Cultural Relations, Creative Writing, Social
Action/Social Change, or Political Studies, for example. See a sample curriculum.
Meet Mo Constantine, the first student with a self-designed concentration in Food Studies.
Offered every semester:
ENVS 107M Introduction to Agroecology
ENVS 110M Sweet History: The science and story of maple sugaring
ENVS 112M Apiculture
Offered every year or in alternate years:
BIO 173 All About Food
ENVS 208 Ecology of Closed-Loop Food Systems
ENVS 304 Topics in Environmental Management: Climate & Society
FREN 216 French Food, Culture, and Literature
GEOG 213 Global Political Ecologies
GEOG 215 The Agricultural World: Land, Food, Sustainability
Teaching at the Intersection of Food, Culture, and Community.