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Food for Thought: Sonali Shah and Helga Varden

Event Type
Center for Advanced Study
Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
Nov 10, 2023   11:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Sonali Shah; Helga Varden
Heidy Barcus
Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

11:00am, Sonali Shah, The Fruits of One’s Labor: Uncovering the Factors that Shape Sustained Technology Adoption Behaviors

Post-harvest loss is a critical problem: as food travels from farms to markets to tables, one-third spoils before it is consumed. Interventions designed to reduce post-harvest loss require farmers to adopt specific technologies and use those technologies for sustained periods of time––that is to say, technologies may need to be used multiple times within a single harvest season and again in subsequent seasons. Little research exists on the factors that shape sustained technology adoption decisions in any context, making it an area ripe for qualitative inquiry. This project seeks to uncover the factors that lead smallholder mango farmers in Kenya to engage in the sustained adoption of technologies aimed at reducing post-harvest loss.

Noon, Helga Varden, Some Philosophical Puzzles about Racialization

Much philosophy presupposes that personal or social identities (with their correlated 'isms') can be analyzed through the same lens. In this presentation, Professor Varden will provide some reasons to think that this is clearly not the case before zooming in on specific puzzles involved in providing a philosophical account of racialization and racism.

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