What a Waste: Food Loss and Food Recovery
TUESDAY April 15 | 6-7pm Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St.
Ken Dunn, Resource Center
Rajesh Karmani, Zero Precent
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Tossing last week's leftovers or the wilted lettuce, still wrapped in the store packaging (yikes!) is indeed wasteful. But consumer behavior is only one dimension of the global food loss issue affecting agriculture today. In fact, food waste affects every step of the supply chain between farm and fork - from transport to processor to retail, to yes, your home kitchen. According to USDA estimates, between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced is discarded, much of it edible.
How does this happen, when hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity are a global phenomenon? 860,000 people in Cook County alone are unsure of when they will receive their next meal. The moral imperative to reduce food waste feels indisputable when food waste numbers are connected to hunger statistics. The economic and environmental toll of food waste is equally dire. What interventions and innovations can individuals turn to when trying to curb the wide-ranging causes of food waste?
In western nations, food waste is heavily weighted towards consumer and retail waste. Re-Thinking Soup will highlight three local organizations whose sustainable practices mitigate food loss, connect food surplus to those in need, divert food from landfills, and change consumer habits.
Cultivating Student Power: Home Grown Activism
TUES March 18 | Noon-1pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St.
The UIC Heritage Garden is a project envisioned by students for students. Through the cultivation of garden satellites on the east campus of UIC student leaders and student gardeners are reconstructing narratives of sustainability that unite environmental and human diversity. In its first year the student leaders of the Heritage Garden have enacted horticulture programs, art projects, and story sharing activities while growing cilantro, horseradish, egg plant, peppers, mint, onion and tomatoes.
As the garden continues to expand, holistic student dialogues emerge. Come hear what took root in year one and what's in the works for the garden in its second season.
This Re-Thinking Soup is fully student powered! A guest UIC student will be assisting the Hull-House chef with soup preparations.
Pencil in dates for the entire Re-Thinking Soup spring 2014 schedule.
Re-Thinking Soup | 3rd Tuesday of the month | 6-7pm, unless otherwise indicated
+Jan. 21: "Parties, Picnics and Feasts" exploring Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine at the Art Institute of Chicago | Noon-1pm
+Feb. 18: Solidarity Soup: Exploring the Right to Organize with the Fight for 15
+March 18: Cultivating Student Power: Home Grown Activism
+April 15: What a Waste: Food Loss and Food Recovery
Solidarity Soup: Exploring the Right to Organize with the Fight for 15
TUES Feb. 18 | 6-7 PM
UIC United Faculty, which represents tenured and nontenured faculty at UIC, is slated to strike on Feb. 18th and 19th. As a gesture of support for the union, February’s Re-Thinking Soup (hosted on the first evening of the strike) will be dedicated to all workers organizing for improved labor conditions. United Faculty members will open the program by discussing their efforts to improve faculty compensation at UIC and representatives from the Fight for 15 will explore a critical organizing effort that is transforming the food and retail industry -- the fight for a living wage for fast-food and retail workers.
Fast food is a $200 billion a year industry and retail is a $4.7 trillion industry, yet many service workers across the country earn minimum wage or just above it and are forced to rely on public assistance programs to provide for their families and get healthcare for their children. Nationally, the median wage for cooks, cashiers and crew at fast-food restaurants is just $8.94 an hour.
In the Chicago metro area there are 275,000 low wage fast food and retail workers. An adult with one child needs to make $20.86 an hour working full time in the Chicago area just to afford the basics.
The issues of food and labor have long been fraught with questions of fairness, equity and dignity. Join us as we gather over a hot bowl of solidarity soup and hear from Fight for 15, a fast food and retail union working for the right to organize without retaliation and for a wage increase to $15 per hour.
"We can't survive on $7.25!"
-Fight for 15 chant
Hull-House Labor History
Hull-House was a crucial hub of labor organizing in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century. It was a site where artists, activists, and thinkers met to imagine and enact a future with fair conditions for all workers. Hull-House residents helped to organize unions, enact legislation, and create enforcement mechanisms for critical labor legislation that created an eight-hour workday, a basic minimum wage, and child-labor laws.
For information about Hull-House’s labor organizing visit:
For additional info on UIC Faculty strike visit:
RE-THINKING SOUP AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
TUES. Jan. 21 | 12:00-1:00 pm
Art Institute of Chicago - Ryan Education Center - Studio B
111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603
Parking and CTA info: http://www.artic.edu/visit/directions-and-parking
The museum is FREE for Illinois residents now through Feb 12!
Space is limited for this Re-Thinking Soup program.
RSVP is required here: artandappetite.eventbrite.com
Please call Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with questions at 312.413.5353.
Re-Thinking Soup is partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago to present a special soup on-the move program to kick off the 2014 series. Have you seen the Art Institute's Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine exhibit? Come to Re-Thinking Soup on Jan. 21 and hear about exhibit's major themes. Following soup you are encouraged to experience the exhibit for yourself, in its final week at the Art Institute. The Art and Appetite exhibit explores depictions of food in American painting. For this collaboration we will concentrate on food celebrations and representations of "Parties, Picnics and Feasts." In addition to an overview of the exhibit by Allison Muscolino, Museum Educator artist
Eric May will led us in a conversation about the local food gatherings he hosts with Piranha Club. Please join us for this exciting partnership that explores food habits, socializing, and artistic renderings of festive food occasions.
"When babies break the bank - imagining universal child care"
TUES Nov. 19 | 6-7 PM
800. S. Halsted | Residents' Dining Hall
Free, quality child care for all...
Is this the stuff of dreams? We think not!
For more than a century, activists have sought affordable, accessible, quality child care in their fight to end poverty and create gender justice. And yet, the dream of universal child care has all but disappeared in the popular imagination. In most U.S. families, all of the adults work, and child care is a necessity. This reality is extremely expensive. According to the Center for American Progress, low-income families with small children spend 49% of their income on child care, and child care assistance is not widely available.
What would it take to ensure affordable access to child care for all who need it?
We want to know what you think! What informal arrangements have you made for your children? Are you a neighbor involved in non-relative care? Why is child care so bleeping expensive? Is comprehensive universal child care feasible and if so how do we get there? What do other countries do and are their models possible in the US?
We are giving you 1 bowl of free, delicious soup, 2 minutes to speak and 1 hour of collective thinking (and playing) with your neighbors. We'll save you a seat.
Chicago Childcare Collective and Hull-House education staff will be facilitating fun for all ages in the Hull-House Museum.
Family soup will have age-appropriate activities. Please email:email@example.com to tell us the age of the child you are bringing to the program.
TUES Oct. 15 | 6-7 PM
Museum open 1 hour before and after program.
State of School Lunch – History, Policy and Popular Imagination Each day, 30.6 million students eat lunch through the National School Lunch Program. It is the largest public nutrition program for school-aged children. For the last 15 years school lunch has become a hotly contested issue- nutrition, food insecurity and child obesity squarely at the center of the local and national discussion. Everyone from Alice Waters, Ann Cooper-the Renegade Lunch Lady, chef Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama, even comedian Sarah Silverman, have been asking how to make school lunch healthier and more sustainable.
In all the discussion, there are two groups that are often left out: the young people who eat the food and the "lunch ladies" who serve it. This week, during Re-Thinking Soup, we celebrate those voices as we open a new installation in Hull-House's ongoing exhibition "Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics." We teamed up with Street Level Youth Media and asked young people to make dynamic multi-media documentary shorts examining the lunch ladies (and gentlemen) of Chicago.
Join us for a bowl of delicious soup and equally satisfying conversation as we probe the history of school lunch and imagine the next phase of social change around this critical topic. We will be joined by:
Susan Levine, historian, Director of the Institute for the Humanities at UIC and author of School Lunch Politics: The Surprising History of America’s Favorite Welfare Program
Nadia Sulayman, School Wellness Specialist with Chicago Public Schools
Re-Thinking Soup and Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics
Re-Thinking Soup is at a new time this fall. Dinner time!
Join us for an invigorating conversation and a free bowl of revitalizing soup on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Stop by the historic Residents’ Dining Hall after work or class and participate in one of the most nourishing and innovative cultural experiences in Chicago.
September 17, 6-7:30pm
October 15, 6-7:30pm
November 19, 6-7:30pm
What is Home Economics?
Access to safe and healthy food. Childcare for all. Urban gardens. Community kitchens and laundries. Fair pay for domestic work. At the turn of the 20th century, these were critical components of the new discipline of Home Economics. This year, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is undertaking an exploration of how domestic space can be a site of social change in the exhibition “Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics.”
We invite you to participate in this vibrant and critical inquiry in three different Re-Thinking Soup programs this fall which explore race, culture, gender and contemporary definitions of domesticity. Join us to taste, watch, listen, and imagine a new era of radical Home Economics!
Here is a look back at Past Re-Thinking Soup programs.
Re-Thinking Soup: Designing for Social Change
Chicago Cultural Center
Tuesday, August 20, 12-1:30 PM
Space is limited; those wishing to attend must register in advance: Here
Allie O'Neill, Dream It. Grow It.
Rick Valicenti, Moving Design
Orrin Williams, See Potential
Cathy Lang Ho, Spontaneous Interventions
Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Co-sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Event is on 1st floor inside the Spontaneous Interventions exhibit
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum presents its flagship program, Re-thinking Soup, at the Chicago Cultural Center inside the Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good exhibit. We'll peruse an exhibition that highlights designers who have responded to issues faced by urban communities and enjoy delicious soup and conversation with some of the featured designers who will speak to the role of graphic design in creating social change.
Speaker and organization bios:
Allie O'Neill, co-founder of Dream It. Grow It., a decision-making tool for aspiring gardeners to use in the Chicagoland area. Allie O’Neill believes in the power of the built environment as a catalyst for social change. Currently employed as a staff architect at William Murphy Architect, Ltd., Allie designs projects at a range of scales and budgets. She has taught classes for high school students interested in Architecture and organized groups of volunteers to aid non-profits in need of manpower. In 2005, she edited the Journal for the Summer Institute of Architecture at Catholic University. Allie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Catholic University of America in 2005 and has been in Chicago since 2006.
Rick Valicenti is the founder and executive director of Moving Design, a coalition of designers and creative thinkers, working with community partners, leading initiatives that inspire change through the power of design. Valicenti is also the founder and design director of Thirst/3st, a communication design firm devoted to art, function, and real human presence. He has been influencing the design discourse internationally since 1988 and is a leading presence in design as a practitioner, educator, and mentor.
Since being established in 2009, Moving Design has completed 3 call-to-action initiatives in the City of Chicago. Hundreds of Moving Design participants have inspired and elevated the culture of communication around our most pressing social and environmental issues. Our most recent intervention — focused on sustainable living in the West Loop — encouraged residents to use less, do more. This fall, Valicenti will lead Moving Design's first international initiative in Beijing. The White House honored Valicenti in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design. In 2006, he received the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession, for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession. Valicenti is a former president of the Society of Typographic Arts (STA) and is a member of the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since being invited in 1998. In 2004, he was recognized as a Fellow of the AIGA Chicago.
See Potential is a public art and community engagement project produced collaboratively by South Side community leader
Orrin Williams, Founder and Director of the Center for Urban Transformation, and photographer Emily Schiffer. We install
large-scale documentary photographs to visualize community-driven development plans for Chicago's South Side and to tally
the community support for each idea. Our primary goal is to enable residents, community leaders, and elected officials to
visualize the potential for sustainable, locally owned community development and to mobilize community support behind great
ideas. We've created a text messaging infrastructure and online mapping system to record and visualize the support at each
See Potential location. Our community partners then use this data to launch their idea to the next level.
Spontaneous Interventions, organized by Cathy Lang Ho on behalf of the New York nonprofit Institute for Urban Design, is devoted to the growing movement of architects, designers, artists, and everyday citizens acting on their own initiative to bring improvements to the urban realm, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public. Cathy Lang Ho is an independent architecture critic and editor based in New York. She is a contributing editor to Architect magazine and founding editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. She has published hundreds of articles in publications worldwide, and is a board member of the Institute for Urban Design.
About Re-thinking Soup: No force on the globe brings people together on a daily basis with the same consistency and manner than the cultivation, preparation, and eating of food. For more than a century, Hull-House has worked to nourish people and teach the importance of nutrition while linking these issues with an historical commitment to peace, democracy, economic and cultural sustainability. For the past 5 years thousands of visitors have sat, sipped soup and broke bread with us as activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs joined each month to present their knowledge, ideas, and projects and foster a space where we can move toward solutions.
Reformers at the Hull-House linked labor, women's rights and international concerns to food in innovative and instructive ways. We strive to preserve this legacy by engaging in contemporary expansive conversations about food. Join us on the third Tuesday of each month at 12pm.
Here is a look back at this Spring's Re-Thinking Soup programs.
January 15, 2013 - Chicago Victory Gardens and the Peterson Garden Project
LaManda Joy, Master Gardener and Founder of the Peterson Garden Project
Seventy years ago a city full of people who had never gardened before transformed every available urban space into food gardens. The Victory Gardens of WW2 are a faint recollection of communities collectively rising up to feed themselves with what little resources they had available. Today, communities are doing the same thing and scalable models are being developed, based on the WW2 blueprint, to make urban food production by the masses the norm, not the exception.
February 19, 2013 - African American Food Traditions, honoring Edna Lewis
Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush, and jazz violinist Samuel “Savoirfaire” Williams
Soup of the Day
Black-eyed peas in tomato & onion sauce
Re-Thinking Soup honors chef and author Edna Lewis (1916-2006), long considered an African American trailblazer in the culinary world. Lewis co-owned and cooked at Café Nicholson, a restaurant in New York City, renowned for its fabulous cuisine and frequented by Bohemians and artists throughout the 1940s and 50s. During the mid-twentieth century, female chefs were few and far between and black female chefs a rarity. And yet Edna Lewis became beloved for her creative, resourceful and delicious Southern cooking, a style that can be traced to her early life on her family's farm in Freetown, Orange County, Virginia.
Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush and 4 guest performers will read excerpts of Chef Edna's writings from two of her highly acclaimed cookbooks, The Taste of Country Cooking and In Pursuit of Flavor. Readings will be paired with the violin virtuosity of Samuel "Savoirfaire" Williams, a local, classically trained jazz violinist.
March 5, 2013 - Behind the Kitchen Door - Sustainable Restaurants: Labor Practices, Working Conditions and Wages in American Restaurants
Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door, Director of the Food Labor Research center at University of California, Berkeley, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) and Chicago ROC.
In Behind the Kitchen Door: What Every Diner Should Know About the People Who Feed Us, Saru Jayaraman, follows the lives of restaurant workers in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans. Her groundbreaking exploration situates labor and the work of the 10 million restaurant workers- servers, bussers, dishwashers and cooks- who comprise the second-largest private sector workforce in the United States at the center of the conversation about sustainability within our food system.
April 9, 2013 - Ramen Dreams
Chef Keizo Shimamoto
Soup of the Day
Ramen, Tsukeman style
A screening of Ramen Dreams starring Chef Keizo Shimamoto paired with a lively video chat with Chef Shimamoto about his enthusiasm for ramen. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the complexities of this dish through different regional interpretations, ingredients and styles. Slurping is allowed.
May 21, 2013 - Soul Food Junkies and Soul Vegan
Soup of the Day
Soul Vegan will be leading us to examine the relationship between diet, community health, and tradition while screening portions of Byron Hurt's documentary, Soul Food Junkies.
Soul Food Junkies is a thoughtful exploration of the deeply personal connection we have with food, class and race disparities in the US food system. Is it fair to indict soul food as a major contributor to various health and wellness problems that plague the black community? What eco-sustainable traditions and food practices have black folks been using to maintain health, and how can a wider reclamation of these practices support progressive food politics and decrease health disparities?
Together we will think through culturally specific alternatives that address the intersection of environment, economics and tradition.
RE-THINKING SOUP PROGRAMING
About Re-Thinking Soup:
Every month, the Hull-House Museum hosts a modern day soup kitchen that is a public and communal event where we gather together and eat delicious, healthy, soup and have fresh, organic conversation about many of the urgent social, cultural, economic, and environmental food issues that we should be addressing.
Jane Addams was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and worked on many issues in her life to create the conditions of peace to flourish. We meet in the historic Residents' Dining Hall, where Upton Sinclair, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gertrude Stein and other important social reformers met to share meals and ideas, debate one another, and conspire to change the world. Activists, farmers, doctors, economists, artists, and guest chefs join us each week to present their knowledge, ideas, and projects and foster a space where we can move toward solutions.
The bread is provided by Nicole Bergere, who grinds the grains and uses all natural ingredients and no preservatives for her baked creations. Please visit her website here.
THE HEIRLOOM SEED LIBRARY
Seed saving is the most secure way to ensure sustainable food systems and healthful food access. By adapting this habit of conservation we are not only fostering biodiversity, but the notion of multiculturalism as well. Saving and planting seeds allows us to gather and conserve what we share culturally: food. The Seed Library asserts the connection between social, environmental and economic systems within the Chicago community. By providing free and regionally-adapted seeds to any seed library card holder, there is an opportunity for people to grow their own heirloom vegetables and to know where their food comes from. The library provides as a network as well, allowing urban farmers and gardeners to share their interest in sustaining a diverse bio-culture and educate novice farmers about the dangers of a monoculture. Hull-House Heirloom Seed Library seeks to confront food related issues and works to build a community through food.
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