Instructor: Arunjana Das, Ph.D. Candidate at American University
Meets: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m at the Festival Center (1640 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Starts: Info Session on February 21st, 2017 – Class Begins March 7th, 2017 – Ends April 18th, 2017
Food justice is broadly conceptualized as the provision of equitable access to healthy and nutritious food to our cities, neighborhoods, and communities. This course explores some of the ways that faith and passion for the Divine can inform and inspire the drive towards delivering food justice. The course is also intended as a challenge for students to reflect on individual faith perspectives as they pertain to specific practices in delivering food justice from a micro community-organizational level to macro policies in ensuring food security and justice.
The course is intended to provide students: (i) an overview of research and theories on the dynamics of hunger and the socio-political and economic determinants of food security; (ii) a review of the inter-faith perspectives and approaches to food justice; (iii) an opportunity to critically reflect on various aspects of food production and distribution as they pertain to justice-related issues.
About the Instructor
Arunjana Das is a PhD student at American University studying international relations. She has a Masters degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Born in a Hindu family and with years of atheism behind her, she started her journey in service and discipleship in Christ in 2012. Working for food justice has been an integral part of this discipleship; her professional experience at the World Bank and volunteer experience with organizations such as Christ House and the Table Church further crystallized her interest and drive towards food justice. When she’s not researching, writing, or volunteering, she likes to go running, play Chess, and read Russian authors and detective fiction.