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MIGC 2023: Nourish, Food & Trust

April 28 @ 11:00 am - April 29 @ 2:30 pm

Nourish. Food & Trust.

18th Annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Held virtually on April 28-29, 2023 (Schedule below), this year’s MIGC conference centers on issues of food and land justice through an intersectional, interdisciplinary lens in alignment with the Center for 21st Century Studies 3-year programming arc of Nourishing Democracy and annual theme of Nourishing Trust.  The conference features 4 panels of graduate students to exploring the theme of Nourish with the following guiding questions:
  • How do scholars across disciplines approach the connection between food and trust within the broad theme of nourish?

  • How do scholars approach human rights, such as access to food, in a way that fosters trust among non-academics? 

  • How can scholars center queer and BIPOC cultural ways of knowing when approaching topics related to food and land justice?

We are also pleased to announce this year’s keynote as Suparna Kure Kudesia, PhD. She is the executive director of CoFED: Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, a QTBIPOC-led organization that partners with young folks of color to build food and land co-ops.

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MIGC 2023 Schedule – Nourish. Food & Trust (all times in Central Time)


Keynote Friday, April 28, 11a-12:30p  (Virtual)

Presentation and Q&A Session

Suparna Kure Kudesia (she/they)

Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive


Intersections of Trust (Panel 1) – Friday, April 28, 1:00-2:15 (Virtual)

Trust After 9/11: Sikh Approaches to Postsecular Love

Gurkirat Singh Sekhon (He/Him)

English and Women’s and Gender Studies – University of Michigan – Ann Arbor


Justice Without Accessibility? Exploring a Food Justice / Disability Justice Way Forward

Emunah Woolf (They/Them)

Critical Disability Studies – York University


On Making Public Trust, A New Environmental Podcast

Richelle Wilson (She/Her)

German, Nordic, and Slavic+ – University of Wisconsin – Madison


Nourishing Culture (Panel 2) – Saturday 10:15-11:30 (Virtual)

Jewish Food as Resistance

Robbie Teel (He/Him)

Educational Policy & Community Studies – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Alum)


A Qualitative Study of Community Nutritional Counseling

Amber Chavez (She/Her)

English – Public Rhetorics and Community Engagement – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Food as a Global Soft Power Tool in the 21st Century with Special Reference to India’s Culinary Diplomacy

Aditi Basu (She/Her)

Political Science


Food: Desert, Oasis & Apartheid – Saturday 1:00 – 2:30 (Virtual)

Urban Agriculture Strategies, Organizations, and Outcomes: A Milwaukee Case Study (Lightning)

Nick DeMarsh (He/Him)

Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture – University of Wisconsin-Madison


Planting the “Mother Tree”: Land and Arboreal Futures in Pumzi

Emma Knickebine (She/Her)

English – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Raising the Chance of Successful Grocery Store Openings: Survey-based Application of Bayesian Trust Games

Jared Grant (He/Him) – 

Agricultural and Applied Economics – University of Georgia


Free school meals for children are foundational but not all we need to consider

Jeydelyn Martinez (She/Her)

College of Nursing – Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee



April 28 @ 11:00 am
April 29 @ 2:30 pm