This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange. Information about the session and registration is HERE. Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.
The White House does Xmas
Along with thousands of others, I got to attend one of the glittery White House holiday parties last week. The President, just back from South Africa, made a brief appearance.
My favorite: Bill Yosses’ pastry-and-candy White House mounted on a fireplace of cookie tiles, some in classic Dutch style but with Washington DC scenes replacing windmills.
And the cookies! They were in endless supply, crisp and delicious. They mystery: how they get produced in this quantity. Even by New York City standards, the White House kitchen is small.
In a year notable for government inaction on crucial legislation, the party was a welcome respite. As today’s New York Times puts it,
the lack of movement in the Senate is only half the story of a Congress that has reached record levels of inactivity. Lawmakers simply are not spending as much time in Washington for many reasons, including a distaste for the contentious atmosphere that a deeply divided government has created and the demands of a fund-raising schedule…There was no agreement on a farm bill that would provide agricultural subsidies as well as food stamps for poor families.