Two events on 4/28: Alok Appadurai ’00 Workshop and Food Justice & Sustainability Forum

Lunch & Workshop:
“10 Vital Tools for Change Makers”
Presenter: Alok Appadurai ’00, founder of Fed By Threads, A Beautiful Body Project, and Good Elephant
Hosted by the Allbritton Center and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Friday, April 28, noon, Allbritton 311

RSVP by April 26 to Makaela Kingsley (


Alok Appadurai ’00 and his life partner, Jade Beall, founded Fed by Threads, the first sustainable, sweatshop-free, multi-brand, American-made organic vegan clothing store in the United States that has fed over half a million meals to Americans in need. In addition, Alok co-founded A Beautiful Body Project, a global media platform dedicated to non-digitally-altered images of women & their stories about their bodies and their lives. He has recently founded which is designed to create a global “herd” that will work on changing the world by nurturing compassion and empathy. His book, Good Elephant, will be published this year. Alok is now a certified holistic mental health coach and transformational leader who specializes in body image issues, depression, addictions, and anxiety. His post-Wesleyan career accords well with the interests he developed at Wesleyan, where he built his own concentration in American Studies that incorporated colonialism, workers’ rights, utopian communities, the environment, and gender/class issues. 

2017 Americas Forum
“Food Justice and Sustainability”

2:30 pm, Friday, April 28, Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

  • 2:30 PM – Keynote: Alok Appadurai ’00
    “The Compassion Famine: Exploring The Unspoken Solutions To Hunger In America”
  • 3:30 PM – Panel on Food Justice and Agricultural Sustainability 
    • Elizabeth Hoover (Brown University)
      “From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds’; Defining and Enacting Food Sovereignty Through American Indian Community Gardening Projects”
    • Brian Donahue (Brandeis University)
      “Woodlands, Farmlands, and Communities: Visions for New England’s Future”
    • Courtney Fullilove (Wesleyan University)
      “Seed Saving in Economies of Scale: Some Questions about Sovereignty and International Governance”