Classes to Take
Urban agriculture and community gardens have a critical function in a small but increasing movement toward more localized and sustainable food economies. This class will explore research and readings from multiple disciplines on the role of urban agriculture in world development and sustainability practices. Further, we will explore current U.S. farm policy, labor practices, and global organizations that impact world agricultural systems. More importantly, students will become involved in planning and developing local urban agriculture projects. They will also learn organic agricultural practices and be involved in community partnerships associated with increasing healthy food access.
This junior seminar explores how local community organizations are taking up issues of health and the environment in culturally relevant contexts. We will examine issues of environmental justice, health disparities and the basic tenets of community based participatory research. We will then partner with a local community organization and, depending on need, assist in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of a program designed to improve the local environment and/or health status of the community. Enrollment limited to 20 junior and senior American Studies concentrators. (WRIT)
Examines the selection, breeding, cultivation and uses of food plants. Discusses the effects on agriculture of pathogens, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Considers whether enough food can be produced for a world population of potentially 10 billion, while sustaining biodiversity and environmental quality. Course will include two papers and assistance from Writing Fellows; feedback from first paper will be available when writing second paper.
"Focusing on plant biology and agriculutral practices, this class provides a great perspective on our world’s systems of food production. Professor Heywood is extremely passionate about the content and constantly encourages students to consider solutions to the problems we face in attempting to feed a growing population. After this class, you won’t ever look at a vegetable the same way!"
Introduces students to environmental science and the challenges we face in studying human impacts on an ever-changing earth system. We will explore what is known, and not known, about how ecosystems respond to perturbations. This understanding is crucial, because natural systems provide vital services (water and air filtration, climate stabilization, food supply, erosion and flood control) that can not be easily or inexpensively replicated. Special emphasis will be placed on climate, food and water supply, population growth, and energy.
Introduces the basic principles of human nutrition, and the application of these principles to the specific needs of humans, and the role of nutrition in chronic diseases. Provides an overview of the nutrients and their use by the human body. Also examines the role of nutrients in specific functions and disease states of the body.
POLS1740 - Politics of Food
How do politics and public policy shape the nature of farming and the price of food in the United States? What is the extent of hunger and malnutrition in the country, and how to politics and public policy shape the responses to these issues? How well does government regulate the safety and healthfulness of food? This course will draw on a combination of case studies and scholarly work to examine these questions. The significance of globalization will also be considered but the emphasis of the course will be on American politics and policy.
This course will focus on nutritional status and problems that influence health of low and middle income countries. It will cover both 1) undernutrition, including protein-calorie malnutrition and specific micronutrient deficiencies; and 2) overnutrition, including obesity. It will cover morbidity and mortality associated with both under- and overnutrition. Nutritional aspects of maternal and child health will be emphasized, and the association of nutritional exposures early in life and later adult health. Specific areas include nutritional status measurement, including body size and composition, dietary intake and physical activity, as well as household, community, and national, socioeconomic and political factors.
Reviews the role of nutrition in physical activity and health. It is designed to provide the student with the information and skills needed to translate nutrition and physical activity recommendations into guidelines for both the athlete for maximal performance and the non-athlete to improve both health and body weight. Students will learn the use of the energy yielding nutrition in physical activity and how food choices can influence both athletic performance and long-term health through the effect on risk factors for chronic diseases.
Professors We Love
Professor Heywood is interested in cell structure and function in the protists, in particular, the flagellar apparatus, cytoskeleton and mechanisms of mitosis in raphidophycean algae. His interests also include the interface between biology and environmental science, for example, the role of agricultural intensification (i.e., the Green Revolution and agricultural biotechnologies) in providing food for expanding human populations while also maintaining the sustainability of environmental resources.
M. Dawn King is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Politics at Colorado State University and worked as a policy analyst for the U.S. Geological Survey – conducting research on environmental decision-making models and internal governance of watershed management councils. Her areas of research and writing focus on urban agriculture and local food economies, environmental and LGBT social movements in Latin America, comparative environmental politics, urban sustainability policy, and sustainable development in Cuba - with works appearing in journals such as the International Journal of Public Administration, Environmental Management, Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements, and Environmental Practice. Her current research investigates the role of regional food distribution systems in increasing economic viability for small and mid-size farmers. She is especially interested in what policies, initiatives, and land-use planning decisions best strengthen sustainable, local food economies and how these policies impact underrepresented populations.