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UWFox Offers Scholars Series Presentation on ‘Farmers’ Markets and Local Economies’

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Menasha, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley continues its 2009-2010 Scholars Series program focusing on “sustainability” issues, with a presentation by Dr. Kathleen Bubinas entitled, “Farmers’ Markets and Local Economies.” Her presentation is begins at noon in Perry Hall, inside the campus’ new Communication Arts Center on Monday, October 19.

Bubinas is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. She has conducted fieldwork on farmers’ markets in Wisconsin and New Orleans, South Asian communities in Chicago and women’s groups in India and Japan. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Bubinas relates that she is “interested in the role of informal economies such as farmers' markets, ethnic economies, and urban agriculture within the context of the broader national economy.”  One of the issues she has been investigating is, “whether farmers' markets located near or within cities aid in the economic revitalization of downtowns hit by deindustrialization and the loss of jobs and population.  In tandem with this research is enumerating the direct and indirect socioeconomic effects of farmers' markets on urban communities.”

She explains that, “Previous research investigated whether immigrants take jobs away from American workers and whether ethnic economies serve as stepping stones for immigrants into the mainstream U. S. labor market. “

Bubinas’ presentation is free and open to the public with unreserved seating. Free parking is available on the west side of the campus.

For more information about the Scholars Series or Bubinas’ presentation, contact the UWFox Office of University Relations, 832-2611 or email david.hager@uwc.edu.


Posted 10/16/2009