Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Topic > The Good Food Revolution
Will Allen is the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture that aims to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing, Allen used his retirement package to purchase a plot of land in inner-city Milwaukee, where he established the country’s preeminent urban farm, Growing Power. The nonprofit organization is an international model for intensive urban agriculture and community food systems.
Allen’s work is guided by the recognition that the unhealthy diets of low-income urban populations, and such related health problems as obesity and diabetes, can be attributed to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. A 2008 MacArthur Fellow, he helped First Lady Michelle Obama launch “Let’s Move,” her national initiative to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America.
In 2010 Time magazine named Allen one of the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People. In 2011 he was named one of the World’s Most Powerful Foodies by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine. In 2012 he received the NEA Security Benefit Corporation Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, for his work with children, teachers and schools.
Allen also experienced an illustrious career in sports. In 1967 he became the first African-American basketball player at the University of Miami Florida and one of Miami’s all-time leaders in scoring and rebounding. After college, he played professionally in the American Basketball Association and the European Professional League. Allen was inducted into the Atlantic Coast Conference Hall of Legends in 2010, and in 2011 he received the highest honor that can be bestowed to a collegiate athlete, the Theodore Roosevelt Award from the National College Athletic Association.
Allen is co-author (with Charles Wilson) of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities. Published in May 2012, the book was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/Autobiography).
$8 General Public
$6 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event
All seats are general admission
A typical Forum program includes a 60-minute lecture and a 30-minute question-and-answer session, followed by an informal open reception. The reception following Will Allen's presentation will take place in the Dakota Ballroom, Davies Center 340.
This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are also available upon request.
The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.