College of Liberal Arts

Seven Cheap Things: Madeiran Sugar as an Introduction to Capitalist World-Ecology

Monday Jan 23, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | GAR 4.100

Raj Patel
is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He studies the global food system and alternatives to it. He is currently working on a ground-breaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James. Before coming to Austin, Dr. Patel co-taught the 2014 Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. He was also an IATP Food and Community Fellow from 2011-2013. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and was an Advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics and public health journals, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial Times, LA Times,, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller

He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked at the World Bank and World Trade Organization, and protested against them around the world. He has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and continues to be a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First.

Dr. Patel will pre-circulate "Seven Cheap Things: Madeiran Sugar as an Introduction to Capitalist World-Ecology," the inroductory chapter of his forthcoming book from University of California Press, co-authored with Dr. Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University.

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Mark Metzler
Professor of History and Asian Studies
University of Texas at Austin

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