USD Welcomes "Stuffed and Starved" Author to Campus

SAN DIEGO, CA: On Tuesday, November 11th, University of San Diego’s “Just Read” and the Center for Educational Excellence will host author Raj Patel for a talk about his breakthrough book “Stuffed and Starved.”

Patel is an award-winning author and activist, who has worked at the World Bank and the World Trade Organization and who has protested against them on four continents. Patel is affiliated with UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies and Institute for Food Development Policy. In “Stuffed and Starved,” Patel conducts a global investigation of the paradox of having the greatest number of starving people in the world than ever before and an even greater number that are overweight. Patel analyzes problems associated with the global food economy and ends with solutions for regaining food sovereignty.

During his talk, Patel will discuss why we live in a world where nearly two billion people are overweight and almost one billion people are starving. He will talk about how the private sector's control of the food system is at the heart of the problem and encourage people to think about why that is. Patel will share concrete alternatives to the current system that involve going beyond farmers markets, to a system change, using some of his latest research from Africa to illustrate his points.

Patel’s talk will take place November 11th from 7:00-8:30pm in University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre. Register for the event at or by emailing

The event is free and open to the public.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
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