USD Just Read! 2013-2014

USD Just Read! "Stuffed and Starved" by Raj Patel

USD Just Read! Encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the book selection will be Stuffed and Starved, written by Raj Patel. Various CEE programs will be offered this fall, including two on-campus book discussions, a faculty led panel discussion, and related films.

Please contact us if you are interested in possible programming, course and syllabus integration, or any other collaborative projects for next year.

Book Selection

Stuffed and Starved Book Cover


“Here's a book that takes Jamie's Dinners, Supersize Me, mangoes in the Arctic Circle and McFatties, and puts them in a blender to make an intoxicating cocktail. Stuffed and Starved takes us into the supermarket aisles and reveals the stories behind the products in our trolleys, some of them very dark indeed.

Raj Patel's definitive account of the global food system ranges across GM crops, history and export issues, rising levels of obesity and other health crises. It's a mad world where we encounter Coca Cola "cosmeceuticals" that promise to improve complexion and breast size, where Nestli owns Jenny Craig – and Unilever, home of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream, owns Slimfast. It is also a positive story of resistance in the paddy fields of India, the maize ejidos of Mexico and the Italian Slow Food kitchens, to name but a few.”

Text courtesy of: Penguin

About the Author

Raj Patel is an award-winning author and activist, who has worked at the World Bank and the World Trade Organization and has protested against them on four continents. He is affiliated with UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is also an IATP Food and Community Fellow, at Utne Reader Visionary and has testified to the US Congress on the causes of the global food crisis. He is the author of the international bestseller The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, and the critically acclaimed guide to the food system Stuffed and Starved.

Text courtesy of: Generation Food Project

Fall 2014 Events

Event Date Time Location
Alcala Park Readers Book Discussion 10/14/2014 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Salomon Hall
Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion on Stuffed and Starved 11/21/2014 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Manchester Auditorium
Raj Patel is coming to USD! 11/11/2014 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Shiley Theatre
Fed Up Film Screening 11/4/2014 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. UC Forum B

Register for Raj Patel Guest Lecture here

Register for all other events online, or call (619) 260-7402, or email

More Information

Book Reviews Resources and Readings Blackboard
Boston University Official Website - Raj Patel        Request to be enrolled       
The Guardian      Teacher’s Guide – Melville House
Powell's Books        

Here are Some of the Key Collaborators for Events Related to USD Just Read!, Stuffed and Starved

Center for Educational Excellence, School of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, Student Affairs, Provost Office, Center for Community Service Learning, Center for Peace & Commerce, Office of Sustainability, Changemaker HUB, Center for Inclusion & Diversity, University Communications, Media and Digital Communications, Copley Library, Human Resources, Outdoor Adventures, Ahlers Center for International Business, University Ministry, Associated Students, Office of Parent Relations, Office of Alumni Relations, Living Learning Communities: Honors, Change, Faith & Reason.

Stuffed and Starved (2014) Flyers

2014-2015 Stuffed and Starved Book Announcement

Stuffed and Starved Events for Fall 2014

Raj Patel, Author of Stuffed and Starved, is Coming to USD

Raj Patel, Author of Stuffed and Starved, is Coming to USD Electronic

Volunteers Needed for Raj Patel Event