Greetings Chesapeake Network friends –

T-MINUS FIVE DAYS until the kick-off of the symposium, Our Evolving Food System: from Slavery to Sovereignty! Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest thus far, and we cannot wait to see everyone there next week on October 17-18.

We strongly encourage you to reserve your spots in Eventbrite by Monday, October 15, at which time we will close pre-registration.

Just in case you don’t make the Monday deadline, don’t despair: Limited on-site registration will also be available on both days of the event!


Please note the Thursday, October 18, 9:00AM Keynote by Malik Yakini has moved to the Newcomb Ballroom, 3rd Floor of Newcomb Hall.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to listen to the Executive Director of Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

Malik is a nationally recognized leader working to promote food sovereignty in the Detroit community.


Another not-to-miss event will be our kick-off at the Carver Recreation Center, Wednesday, October 17 at 4PM, led by Kelley Fanto Deetz, author of Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine. She will be followed at 5:15PM with a food discussion and tasting led by Dr. Leni Sorensen, culinary historian and former African American research historian at Monticello. You won’t ever think about your food heritage the same way!


See the program for the full speaker and event line-up or visit our website:


Please share this email within your networks. Contact Alexandra Cook at with any questions and inquiries.


We thank all sponsors and partners, without whose support this event would not be possible!

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor or partner, please contact Alexandra Cook.


  • University of Virginia Bicentennial with funding provided by the Alumni Board of Trustees
  • UVA Office for Sustainability and UVA Committee on Sustainability
  • The President’s Commission on Slavery and the University
  • UVA Office of the Vice-President & Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
  • UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation
  • UVA School of Architecture
  • Virginia Humanities
  • UVA School of Nursing
  • Virginia Indian Programs
  • Charlottesville Food Justice Network
  • Eze Amos Photography
  • Farfields Farm
  • KellyBronze Turkey Farm
  • Feast!
  • Morven Programs
  • Carter Mountain Orchard