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Center for Food Studies

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 Center for Food Studies sponsors events each year, including lectures, panels, films, and workshops. Family Weekend 2017 will be our 5th annual fall apple tasting event where we sample heirloom apples and press our own cider.

The annual ThinkFOOD Conference, held in April every year, focuses on different themes:

  • 2018 - "The Future of Farming: Democratizing the Food System"
  • 2017 - "Equity and Inclusion in Food"
  • 2016 - "Berkshire Foodways: The What, How, and Where of Food in Our Region"
  • 2015 - "The Future of Food Activism: Issues and Answers to Hunger in the Berkshires"
  • 2014 - "Perceptions and Perspectives: Our Regional Food Culture"

Self-designed concentration in Food Studies

Mo Constantine and Maryann TebbenThe 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.

Featured Courses

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

Faculty Profile

Maryann Tebben in office

Teaching at the Intersection of Food, Culture, and Community.

Maryann Tebben

Professor of French/Francophone and Food Studies

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