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IRL is proud to partner with Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 to present an evening of fine food and thoughtful discussion.

IRL is proud to partner with Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 to present an evening of fine food and thoughtful discussion. Our host Marlene Epp and keynote speaker Alison Blay-Palmer will inspire a hunger for discussion on the future of food security and how we can work towards a future of feasting locally and globally.

Proceeds from this event go towards The Working Centre (

For reservations please call tel:(519)883-1100 - limited seating available.

Our host - 
Marlene Epp is professor of History and Peace & Conflict Studies, and also Dean, at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.
Her research and teaching covers a variety of topics such as immigrants and refugees in Canadian history; food, culture, and history; and Mennonite studies. She recently authored a short booklet on the history of refugees in Canada for the Canadian Historical Association, and is co-editor of Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Our Keynote - 

Alison Blay-Palmer is the founding Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Director of the Viessmann European Research Centre, CIGI Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, and an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research and teaching combine her passions for sustainable food systems and community viability through civil society engagement and innovative governance. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Carasso Foundation, the International Social Sciences Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Alison collaborates with academics and practitioners across Canada and internationally including partners in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and Wales. This work gained national recognition in 2012 when her partnership was one of three nominees for a SSHRC Partnership Impact Award. While on sabbatical, she was an invited Visiting Professor at Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute."