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Roundable and Keynote

Tune in to our recent roundtable dicussion and keynote address delivered by author and food activist Natasha Bowens Blair.

Author Natasha Bowens Blair Keynote Address
Natasha Bowens Blair, author of The Color of Food, speaks at the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University, October 16, 2021

                               ABOUT

Rams Read is Colorado State University’s Common Read program, encouraging faculty, staff, students at every level, and our wider community to read together and discuss what we’ve read in engaging ways.

This year’s book selection is Natasha Bowens-Blair’s The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming. It explores ways we can cultivate new ideas about food justice, land, bringing people together, and joining in a conversation about race and identity, both locally and around the world.

MEET THE AUTHOR

NATASHA BOWENS BLAIR

Natasha Bowens Blair is an author, farmer, and community activist who focuses on building empowerment and community through food and storytelling.

Natasha Bowens Blair

THE POWERFUL MESSAGE OF THE COLOR OF FOOD

FROM PROVOST PEDERSEN

“I encourage you to join me in reading The Color of Food. This book redefines our agrarian identity through amazing portraits and oral histories of farmers of color, and honoring their often-overlooked contributions to food and farming in the U.S. It is a story we all should know and carry forward with us every time we go to the grocery store, the farmers’ market, gather at the dinner table or think about our agricultural heritage as a nation. As a former professor and department head of food science and nutrition, I have long carried a passion for the basic human right of all people to have access to affordable, nutritious food for their health and well-being. But Natasha Bowens’ book takes that basic right and gives it deeper meaning by chronicling a powerful and unprecedented story of food, race, class and culture.

CSU’s history is rooted in its beginning as the Agricultural College of Colorado established more than 150 years ago, and since that time we have become a leader in agriculture and creative solutions for feeding the planet. Our researchers and academic programs have increasingly focused on food security and sustainability, and animal welfare. This makes Bowen’s book a powerful message for our Ram community and offers a special connection to better understand the context of our past and present work at CSU, and our engaged scholarship in our communities across the state. It is a unique opportunity for us to share in a deeper conversation regarding the world of farming, agriculture and the intersection of food and race.”

—Dr. Mary Pedersen, Provost and Executive Vice President

Mary Pedersen

READ AND ENGAGE WITH US

Receive a Copy of the Book

  • Incoming first-year CSU students receive a complimentary copy at Ram Welcome.
  • Email RamsRead@colostate.edu if you need more information.
  • The CSU Libraries are also carrying eBook copies available for check-out.
  • The CSU Bookstore is carrying hard copies for purchase. Rentals are also available.

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Nominate a Book for Next Year

Have a great idea for a book that will engage the CSU community in the most important issues of our time? What themes do you think are important for us to engage with?

Email us your ideas at RamsRead@colostate.edu