WMU News

Michigan sociologists hold annual meeting at WMU

Oct. 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Department of Sociology will play host Saturday, Nov. 1, to the 2003 annual meeting of the Michigan Sociological Association.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Fetzer Center and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Michael Hamm, the C.S. Mott Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University. He will address those attending with a talk on "Social Action: Using Sociology to Change the World."

"Dr. Hamm's presentation is about community-based food systems," says Dr. Thomas
Van Valey, professor and chairperson of WMU's Department of Sociology. "This is a key element of a social action plan to help urban communities develop their own sources of agricultural products, thus reducing the reliance and pressure of global agriculture."

For more information about the conference, call (269) 387-5274.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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