President's Panel on Zero Hunger: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainable Development


Acadia University is pleased to present the President's Panel on Zero Hunger: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainable Development. This event is a showcase of Acadia research, teaching, and service from the Faculties of Arts, Professional Studies, and Pure and Applied Science with a focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) #2 Zero Hunger.

Date: Monday November 27th 2023
Time: 6:30 PM Welcome Reception & Refreshments; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Presentations & Panel Discussion
Location: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium

Jeff Hennessy

Moderator: Dr. Jeff Hennessy (he/him), Acadia University President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Jeff Hennessy ('99) is Acadia's 17th President and Vice-Chancellor and a distinguished alumnus of Acadia. Dr. Hennessy holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University, and a Bachelor of Science from Trent University. An accomplished leader and musician with a deep-rooted connection to our campus, Dr. Hennessy was the Director of the School of Music from 2007-2013.

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Featured Speakers

Faculty of Arts

Lesley Frank

Dr. Lesley Frank (she/her)
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Food, Health, and Social Justice
Director of the Fed Family Lab
Professor, Department of Sociology
Acadia University

Presentation Title: Localizing the SDGs through families’ stories of infant food insecurity

Short Abstract: Persistent food affordability challenges and recent supply chain shocks are moving us further away from the 2030 target of Zero Hunger for our youngest people. Dr. Frank will share research highlights from the Fed Family Lab that shows that infants, even in the richest nations, are at heightened risk of hunger. She will focus on the importance of lived realities for informing what is necessary to achieve the 2030 Agenda for all.

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Faculty of Pure & Applied Science

Dr. Zoë Migicovsky (she/her)
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Agri-Food and Sustainable Agriculture
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Acadia University

Presentation Title: Perennial fruit crops as a case study for crop wild relative conservation, use, and public engagement

Short Abstract: We rely on diversity in both cultivated plants and their wild relatives as the foundation of crop improvement. Dr. Migicovsky will explore the role of crop wild relative conservation for a future with a secure and sustainable food supply.

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Faculty Of Professional Studies

Chaiti Seth, MCD (she/her)
Lecturer, Department of Community Development
Acadia University

Presentation Title: Moving from abundance: redistribution, dignified access, and culture as responses to hunger

Short Abstract: Chaiti’s talk will highlight local and global examples of community responses to hunger that are rooted in equitable access, sovereignty in food production and consumption, and building sustainable food cultures.

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