Frizzell Family Speaker and Learning Series

Alex Frizzell

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 Environment, the 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.

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM
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    This year’s Harris Common Read delves into one of the greatest dereliction of duties in modern political history. What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a firsthand account of the Flint water crisis and its effect on countless lives, revealing how misguided policies, failed democracy, and bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

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    May 22, 2020
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    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted local and global food systems. Essential workers who provide food face new risks and uncertainties, including girls and women who are often the primary meal providers in the Global South; undocumented workers on farms and factories; food pantry employees and volunteers; truck drivers and grocery store employees stocking shelves; and those in the gig economy delivering meals. Consumers also face heightened economic hardship, and the safety nets designed to address food security and poverty must overcome old and new challenges during the pandemic. Governments in industrialized nations have injected trillions of dollars into their economies, but further efforts are needed to address economic and food security in communities throughout the world both during and after the crisis. The World Food Programme has recently warned of a ‘hunger pandemic’ that could leave a quarter of a billion people without adequate food and nutrition.

    Catherine Bertini and Ertharin Cousin, two former directors of the World Food Programme, joined by Mansueto Fellow Anni Beukes, will discuss what the pandemic means for food security from south side neighborhoods to informal settlements across the world. We will ask: What is being done to support food businesses and protect essential workers? How can we ensure women and children are protected, and provide meals for vulnerable people amid the COVID-19 pandemic? The discussion will draw on the panelists’ expertise to address how federal, state, and local governments as well as transnational entities like the U.N. are responding to hunger emergencies; what Universities, large employers, and community organizations have done at local levels; and how we might learn from current efforts to make strides towards more resilient food systems and resources.

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    May 16, 2019
    The University of Chicago Law School

    Join the Frizzell Speaker and Learning Series, UChicago Program on the Global Environment, and the The University of Chicago Law School for:

    What Can the Green New Deal Learn From Environmental Law?
    A Conversation with Professor Ann E. Carlson

    Ann Carlson is the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and the Faculty Co-Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. She is a leading scholar of climate change and air pollution law and policy, the co-author of a top casebook on Environmental Law (with Dan Farber and William Boyd), and the co-editor, with Dallas Burtraw, of a forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press, Lessons from the Clean Air Act: Building Durability and Flexibility into U.S. Climate and Energy Policy. She has published numerous articles in leading law reviews, including California, Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, and UCLA. Carlson is currently serving as the Speaker of the California Assembly’s representative to the Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee. She is a frequent media commentator and blogs at Legal Planet. She is the recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is the 2017 University of California Sustainability Champion. Carlson is a magna cum laude graduate of both UC Santa Barbara and Harvard Law School.

    After her talk, Ann will be joined by Professor Mark Templeton, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago, to field questions from the audience.

    May 17, 2018
    Polsky Center for Learning and Innovation

    Join the Frizzell Speaker and Learning Series (“Frizzell Series”) and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for a panel discussion about innovative approaches to food education, food production, and food waste. The panel will feature speakers from various local and national companies that are guided by a positive social mission, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to bring healthy and sustainable food to Chicagoans. Reception to follow the panel discussion.


    • Raj Karmani, Zero Percent and Farmer’s Fridge
    • Whitney Richardson, Big Green
    • Jenny Yang, Phoenix Bean
    • Mark Thomann, Spiral Sun Ventures
    • Jim Slama, Family Farmed (Moderator)

    This event is part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2018, which will take place from May 1 to June 3. Innovation Fest is a month-long celebration of the pioneering and entrepreneurial endeavors at the University of Chicago, featuring events on campus and in key cities around the world. Learn more about UChicago Innovation Fest here.

    March 29, 2018
    International House

    Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series for a lecture and performance by Lisa Schonberg and the Secret Drum Band. Lisa Schonberg is a composer and percussionist with a background in ecology and entomology. Her practice uses field recording, writing, and music composition to document and bring more attention to topics concerning ecology, endangered species, and threatened habitats, often through multimedia collaborations. Her recent work includes investigations about the endangered native Hawaiian bees, logging in Mount Hood National Forest, and acoustic ecology and ants in Amazonia. Most of her composition work is performed by her percussion and noise ensemble, Secret Drum Band. Through her work she has collaborated with entomologists and is continually pursuing new ways to build connections between practitioners in art, music and ecology.

    October 19, 2017
    Polsky Exchange

    Pat Brown (AB ‘76, Ph.D. ‘80, MD ‘82), Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and Founder and CEO of Impossible Foods, joins us to discuss the future of the food system, addressing pressures from climate change, increasing global demand for meat, and environmental and public health concerns. Dr. Brown will highlight his path from UChicago student to prominence in the international science community before departing academia for entrepreneurship and the founding of Impossible Foods.

    In this multi-disciplinary event, Dr. Brown will chat with Dr. Sabina Shaikh, Director of the Program on Global Environment on topics ranging from climate change and animal agriculture to his discovery of the heme molecule that gives meat its taste to raising millions in venture capital and investment funds to create plant-based meat and dairy products. Dr. Brown will conclude by answering questions from students and others in the audience, so come with questions!