How to Host the Downtown Lecture Series on FOOD

FOOD-LOGO-plate-text-2lines-01University of Arizona invites local businesses to host stimulating live-streamed dialogues on food in Arizona.


In 2013, the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences launched its First Annual Downtown Lecture Series, on the topic of happiness2013 was such a success the lectures filled the Fox Tucson Theatre in downtown Tucson (capacity 1,200), and hospitality businessesin downtown Tucson began to broadcast the lectures live to the overflow crowds who couldn’t get into the theatre.

This year, UA will dive into the topic of FOOD in the southwest!

29zyO26lbZQLocal First Arizona is proud to partner with The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to expand the series' reach, through online broadcasts at satellite sites statewide.  Businesses everywhere are invited to broadcast these top quality lectures–free of any charge–all they need is an internet connection and a screen.  It’s a great opportunity for locally owned businesses committed to supporting local foods connect their values and their quality products with their customers.

To register your business to host a satellite broadcast of the lecture series, please use this form.

Local First Arizona will actively promote satellite sites via its social media and newsletters, and The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will also list each registered satellite site on its own website so that patrons in the area can find you. While businesses do not have to do anything special to host the series, we do recommend facilitating a discussion after, or pairing the event with food & beverage specials—This is a great opportunity to build a sense of community in your business, so make sure to engage your regulars!





Why “food”?

  • The College of SBS found that there is intense public interest in how our food (the way we produce, provide, prepare and consume it) shapes opportunities for economic development; the health of our bodies; our connections with family, friends, and community; and our environment.


  • Five different lecturers, all by the best and brightest faculty at the University of Arizona focusing on different topics weekly:


  • CHANGING GEOGRAPHIES OF FOOD October 15, 2014 Diana Liverman, Co-Director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment
  • TUCSON: CITY OF GASTRONOMY, HUB FOR FOOD DIVERSITY October 22, 2014 Gary Nabhan,UA’s W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
  • WE EAT WHAT WE ARE October 29, 2014 Maribel Alvarez, UA Professor of Anthropology and Program Director of Tucson Meet Yourself
  • EDIBLE ROMAN EMPIRE November 5, 2014 Emma Blake, UA Professor of Anthropology
  • Food for Pleasure, Vitality, and Health November 12, 2014 Victoria Maizes, Co-Director of the UA’s Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine


  • Every Wednesday October 15 through November 12 at 6:30pm
  • Tune it to one, two… or all five!

Broadcast Information:

  • Broadcast live from the Fox Theatre Tucson (17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701)
  • The live broadcast of the lectures can be picked up anywhere there is an internet connection.  A link to the live broadcasts will be made available on our website:
  • For businesses interested in conducting a test of the online live broadcast, they can visit:  Arizona Public Media is running a continuous color and sound tone test.

Ways in which the college will support businesses broadcasting the live lectures:

  • The College will add your businesses’ information to a map of places on our website where people can gather to watch the lectures live. (visit
  • The College will provide your business with graphics you can use to promote the events through social media.

Goals of the series live broadcasts:

  • Connect the information and research produced at the UA that has the potential to change the way we interact with each other and the world around us.
  • Create an event that draws people to local businessesand to support Local First Arizona’s mission to create a stronger economy, a more vibrant community, and better job opportunities for Arizonans.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT Lydia Breunig, Director of Outreach, UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (520) 621-1112 or [email protected]