International House

Global Issues Conference

photo of foodThe International House is excited to announce our second Global Issues Conference to be held March 31, 2016 at the University of Tennessee. This semester’s conference is centered on food security and will explore topics such as as sustainable agriculture, food access, food availability, malnutrition, local food issues, and more.

The goal of this conference is to provide education and awareness of health issues impacted by food security internationally and locally, and foster discussion of how we can assist those in need. Registration is free and open to the public.

Conference Registration

Registration is open to all students, faculty, staff, and Knoxville community members and includes a FREE meal during the keynote dinner.  Deadline to register online is March 30, 2016 at 12pm Click here to complete a registration form.

Documentary Screening: Seeds of Freedom

To kick of the conference, join us for a screening of the documentary “Seeds of Freedom“.  The documentary will begin at 6pm on Wednesday, March 30th in the International House and conclude with a short discussion of the film.  The event is free and open to the public.

Meet our Keynote Speaker

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Katie LeBlanc
After earning her B.S. in Agronomy and Soil Science from Murray State University in 2012, Katie went on to complete her M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 2015. Now working for the Real Food Challenge, Katie is Regional Coordinator for the Midwest and Southeast. The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system.



3:00pm – 3:30pm Opening Session: Overview of the Issue Dr. Tom Gill
3:45pm – 4:30pm Session Block I
Food Justice for Whom?: Examining the Efficacy of Food Security Programs in the U.S. Abigail Randall
Curbing Food Waste as a Solution to Food Distribution Disparity: Think Globally, Act Locally Robert Ledbetter, Tucker Shull, Anagha Uppal, Elio Dortilus
4:45pm – 5:30pm Session Block II
Hands Up For Haiti: Initiatives to Improve Health and Water Sanitation in Northern Haiti Dr. Margaret Keneman & Jennifer Thomsen
Combating Food Insecurity: Small and Large Scale Efforts in East TN Elaine Streno, Maya Carl, Rachel Newcomb
5:30pm – 6:00pm Poster Session
6:00pm – 7:30pm Keynote Dinner: Katie LeBlanc with The Real Food Challenge

Session Descriptions

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