Calendar (Syllabus of Readings)
Unit 4: Solving Food Shortage Today
Week 11, Mon. 4/15 – Defining Famine
Reading: Start by reading the Wikipedia entry on “Famine” and see how it accords with your own understanding from the work in class up to this point. Print out the entry and go through it marking off places where you find the definition problematic.
Additional Reading: Devereux, “Famine Intensity and Magnitude Scales” 20pgs.
Rockett, “Definitions are not what they seem,” 10 pages
Week 11, Thurs. 4/18 – Development, Aid and Famine Relief
Reading: Edkins, Whose Hunger?, 67-102 (chapter 4 - ebrary pagination 90-125). Ebrary
Drury, “Politics of Humanitarian Aid,” (20 pages)
Week 12, Mon. 4/22 – Malnutrition and Famine – Food as a Human Right
Reading: Singer, “Famine, Affluence and Morality,” (15 pages)
Jamieson, “Duties to the Distant: Aid and Intervention,” (20 pages)
Peterson, “Foreign Aid and the Moral Value of Freedom,” (15 pages)
George Kent, Freedom from Want: The Human Right to Adequate Food, chap. 1 (14)
De Waal, “Famine and Human Rights” – 8 pages
Week 12, Thurs. 4/25 – The History of Aid
Reading: Everyone start with this:
Then Choose one of the following:
Hall-Matthews, David (1996), "Historical Roots of Famine Relief Paradigms: Ideas on Dependency and Free Trade in India in the 1870s", Disasters 20 (3): 216–230 - starts on page 51 of the PDF.
Friday 4/26 – Third Paper Due: USAID Staff Report or Revision of Famine Position Paper
Week 13, Mon. 4/29 – US Hunger and Poverty
And an article on Food Stamps today:
Gundersen, Craig; LeBlanc, Michael; Kuhn, Betsey, "The Changing Food Assistance Landscape: The Food Stamp Program in a Post-Welfare Reform Environment, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics Report No. (AER773) 36 pp, March 1999. Look especially at the Food Stamp chapter (only 5 pages)
And then a general essay on food in the US (somewhat pro-farmers markets, local food, etc.):
Winne, Closing the Food Gap (Beacon Press, 2008). Look especially at chapter 2, 6, 9 and 10.
And two supplemental articles on food deserts:
Shaw, "Food Deserts: Towards the Development of a Classification," in Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, 88:2, (2006).
Old Topic: Global Warming and the Future of Agriculture
Reading: World Food Overview – 8 pages
O’Grada, Famine: A Short History, chapter 8: “An End to Famine?” Ebrary
Verdin, “Climate and Famine Early Warning,” 15 pages
Koneswaran, Farm Animals and Global Warming, 7 pages
Robert Mendelsohn, William Nordhaus and Daigee Shaw, “ The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis,” The American Economic Review, Vol. 84, No. 4 (Sep., 1994): 753-771.
Week 13, Thurs. 5/2 – Student Presentations
Week 14, Mon. 5/6 – Media and Famine Reporting
Reading: Edkins, Whose Hunger, 103-127 (chapter 5 - ebrary pagination 126ff); Ebrary
Susan Moeller, Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sells Disease, Famine, War and Death (Routledge, 1999), 97-110. Ebrary
Various Media Articles – google, find your own.