Frizzell Family Speaker and learning series

2017 Frizzell Lecture

Sam Kass, former White House Chef, will be delivering this year’s lecture. Stay tuned for more details! 

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2016 Frizzell Lecture

Dr. Robert Sargis delivers the 2016 Family Memorial Lecture on environmental connections to the growing diabetes epidemic.

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The Frizzell Family Speaker and Learning Series (the “Frizzell Series”), is a year-long, student-organized series of events that engages the fields of agriculture, environment, health, and best practices drawn from social science inquiry. Administered by the College and the Program on Global Environmentthe series aims to better enable students to interact with thought-leaders, alumni, faculty, and advocates in order to build skills, knowledge, and confidence through problem-solving related to a major theme addressing agriculture, environment, and health.

The Frizzell Series is meant to commemorate the life, accomplishments, and aspirations of Alexandra Frizzell. A young woman whose boundless curiosity about the world fueled audacious learning and strong ties to friends and family alike, Alex exemplified the undergraduate for whom wisdom builds upon intelligence. For her, life knowledge, the inspiration of community, and enhancing the chances of others fueled commitment to learning, as well as joy in life. It is intended that her legacy can affirm and encourage undergraduates coming after her to celebrate the value of education that strengthens the building of community, along with the edification of self.

As a tribute to Alex as friend, student, and advocate, annual planning for the Frizzell Series is led by student leaders from areas of campus life that mattered most to her: social and health advocacy; student-centered learning in areas such as the environment, economics, and public policy; and the Greek system.


The Unsustainable Supermarket Model and What We Can Do Instead

By Lauren Poulson Lauren Poulson is a third year student from Issaquah, Washington double majoring in Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a passion for sustainability. Supermarkets are an integral part of American culture. The way we shop...

2017 Frizzell Memorial Lecture: A Conversation with Sam Kass

In conjunction with the University of Chicago’s 2017 Zero-Waste Earth Fest activities, the Frizzell Memorial Series will be hosting Sam Kass for a conversation on food security, health and youth.  Mr. Kass will be interviewed by Monica Eng from WBEZ...

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