FRIDAY, March 25

2:00–5:00pm    Registration

3:00–4:20pm    Breakout Session #1: Workshops

4:25–4:30 pm   Welcome from the Conference Organizers

4:30–6pm         Keynote Panel: Racial Legacies - Land of the Oppressed and Dispossessed

6:30–9:30pm    Reception at Cuisine En Locale: local food, live music, cash bar.


SATURDAY, March 26

8:00–9:00am    Registration and light refreshments

All Day               Poster Session

9:00–9:20am    Welcome Address from Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow

9:20–10:35am  Keynote: Smita Narula, The Global Land Rush: Power, Policy and the Right to Food

10:40–11:00am Poster Session Coffee Break

11:00–12:15pm Breakout Session #2: Panels

12:20–1:20pm   Lunch and Films

1:25–2:00pm     Breakout Session #3: Talks

2:00–2:20pm     Poster Session Coffee Break

2:20–3:35pm     Breakout Session #4: Panels

3:40-4:50pm     Keynote: Reflections Panel

4:50–5:00pm     Goodbye from the Conference Organizers




FRIDAY, March 25


2:00–5:00pm    Registration, 2nd floor hallway of Wasserstein Hall


3:00–4:20pm    Breakout Session #1: Workshops

  • Using the Law to Promote Land Access, WCC2012
    Action-oriented workshop on legal tools to address rural and urban land access challenges.

    • Jenny Rushlow, Director of Conservation Law Foundation’s Farm and Food Initiative

    • Carrie Scrufari, LL.M Fellow at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School

  • The New Work of Land Trusts: Ensuring Food Systems Resiliency, WCC2009
    How land trusts can be regional resources that regenerate local and regional food systems.

    • Amanda Beal, Policy and Research Fellow, Maine Farmland Trust

    • Erica Buswell, Farmland Access Program Manager, Maine Farmland Trust

    • Darci Schofield, MA/RI Urban Program Director, The Trust for Public Land

    • Savi Horne, Executive Director of the Land Loss Prevention Project


4:30–6pm                Keynote Panel: Racial Legacies - Land of the Oppressed and Dispossessed, Milstein East

        Legacies of land denial to people of color has many implications for modern societies and struggles.

  • Jo Guldi, Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of Britain and its Empire at Brown University

  • Janie Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the U. of Arkansas School of Law

  • Debora Nunes Lino Da Silva, MST member from Northeast Brazil

  • Tessa Lowinske Desmond, Administrative Director and Lecturer, Harvard Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (moderator)

  • Saulo Araujo, Why Hunger Global Movements Program Director (interpreter)


6:30-9:00pm    Reception at Cuisine En Locale

        Live music, free food, cash bar!




SATURDAY, March 26


8:00–9:00am    Registration


All Day         Poster Session, 2nd floor hallway of Wasserstein Hall


9:00–9:20am    Welcome Address, Milstein East

        Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School

        Emily Broad Leib, Director of Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic


9:20–10:35am    Keynote Talk: The Global Land Rush: Power, Policy and the Right to Food, Milstein East

Who has the power to decide how and for what purpose land is used, and for whose benefit? And what is our role in this struggle?

    Smita Narula, Educator, Scholar, Activist


10:40-11am         Poster Session Coffee Break, 2nd floor hallway of Wasserstein Hall


11:00–12:15pm    Breakout Session #2: Panels

  • Urban Agriculture in a Legal Vacuum: the Detroit Frontier,  WCC2004
    This panel explores the legal frontier created when established guerilla practices gain legitimacy.

    • Amanda Gregory, Legal and Policy Program Manager for Michigan Community Resources

    • Jacqueline Hand, Professor, University of Detroit Mercy Law School

    • Janell O’Keefe, Land & Policy Support Specialist at Keep Growing Detroit

  • Cuban Agriculture: Transformations and Perspectives,  WCC2009
    Land reform and agroecology created a true sustainable agriculture in Cuba , how, why, and what now?

    • Pilar Egüez Guevara, Director and Founder of Comidas Que Curan

    • Frank Mangan, Extension Associate Professor at UMass Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture


  • Ecology and Food Technology: A Chemical Clash?,  WCC2012

At what costs does the convenience of our food come?

    • Phil Smith, Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University

    • Dolores Bustamente, Paola Betchart, and Rosario Jaramillo, Representatives of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Worker Justice Center of New York, and Mujeres Divinas

    • Adam Riesselman, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, Harvard University

    • Steve Holt, Moderator and award-winning Boston area journalist


12:20–1:20pm    Lunch and Film Session (food served in rooms)

  • Film Screening: Beyond Recognition, WCC2004
    “A film exploring the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.”

  • Film Screening: Soil, Struggle and Justice: Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement, WCC2009
    “Examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil.”

  • Networking lunch, WCC2012


1:25–2:00pm    Breakout Session #3: Talks

  • After the Incubator: Factors Impeding Land Access along the Path from Farmworker to Proprietor, WCC2004

    • Adam Calo, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

  • The Impossible Case of Sonny Nguyen, WCC2009

    • Angeline Gragasin, NYC-based writer and filmmaker

  • Food Security and Maya Land Rights: Crafting paths of 'Development with Identity,' WCC2012

    • Mark Chatarpal, PhD Student, Associate Instructor, Indiana University


2:00–2:20pm         Poster Session Coffee Break, 2nd floor hallway of Wasserstein Hall


2:20–3:35pm    Breakout Session #4: Panels

  • The Restoration of Ancestral Abundance: Integrating Agroecology with Indigenous Knowledge and Practice in Creating Sustainable Community Food Systems for Hawai‘i, WCC2004  
    Colonial dispossession of indigenous Hawaiians had profound ecological and social impacts, what now?

    • Albie Miles, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu

    • Cheryse Julitta Kauikeolani Sana, Farm Manager of MA`O Organic Farms

    • Kamuela Joseph Nui Enos, Director of Social Enterprise at MA`O Organic Farms

  • Land Rights for Native American Tribes, WCC2009
    Systematic restriction on Native land rights poses lasting challenges for tribal land and food sovereignty.

    • Honorable Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Navajo Nation Council Delegate

    • Sonlatsa Jim-Martin, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, Navajo Nation

    • Jessica Shoemaker, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law; Faculty Associate, Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska

    • Terzah Tippin Poe, Partner at Trio Global Solutions

  • Land Transition, Succession, WCC2012
    This panel will address land transfer and ownership issues for farmers through both a legal and cultural lens.

    • Frank Gundry White, Activist and Land Occupier Yorkley Court

    • Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa

    • Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Agrarian Trust (moderator)


3:40-4:50pm          Keynote Interactive Panel: Land Use, Rights, and Ecology, Milstein East
        A reflection panel featuring panelists from throughout the conference and an interactive discussion with attendees.

        Moderated by Emily Broad Leib.

4:50–5:00pm    Goodbye from Conference Organizers, Milstein East