Our Latest Newsletter is Here!

And, it is sure to get you excited about our upcoming conference. Read more to find out why and share widely!

Thank you, Meredith and Michelle for creating such an inspiring read.

CD Newsletter – May 2019

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Call for Proposals to Our 9th Critical Dietetics Conference!

Deadline Extended to June 30!

Sharing, Learning, Transforming the Future: Building Allyship with Indigenous Communities Through Dietetic Education, Practice, and Research

To mark the 10th year of Critical Dietetics, the 9th International Critical Dietetics Conference will take place in K’jipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia, Canada from October 4-6, 2019.

Founded in 2009, Critical Dietetics seeks to create spaces for inter- and trans-disciplinary inquiry and exploration regarding food, health, nutrition, knowledge, the body, and expertise, as well as post-structural orientations to education, art, and practice in the context of dietetics. In addition to widening the breadth of knowledge and scholarship within dietetics and nutrition, Critical Dietetics seeks to foster capacity among dietetic students, practitioners, and educators, as well as critical scholars, community members, and activists to advance social justice.

Please see attached Call for Proposals and share widely with colleagues. Looking forward to seeing you all in October!

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Call for CD Newsletter Items


We are looking for submissions for our second Critical Dietetics newsletter! If you have something to share about your experience attending the 2018 conference (including photos, if you’d like), something that is going on at your campus related to Critical Dietetics, an arts submission, a book review, or a recommended podcast, please send it to Meredith Bessey at meredith.bessey@msvu.ca by February 4th, 2019.

Thank you so much!

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Happy Solstice!


It is a beautiful time of year; a non-conforming kind of beautiful. And, acknowledging that I’m writing from the global north perspective. Of course, our friends to the south enjoy beauty, too, in different ways. I write to wish all of our readers and followers a heartfelt time for reflection, nourishment, and togetherness. I am amazed by what has happened for Critical Dietetics to this moment and truly excited to see what emerges next. 2019 promises to be full of adventure and you don’t want to miss it!

First, mark your calendars for our 9th International Critical Dietetics Conference happening from Oct. 4-6, 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Second, think of something that you want to submit for consideration in our Journal. If you aren’t already a reader of the Journal of Critical Dietetics, register here: https://journals.library.ryerson.ca/index.php/criticaldietetics

You never know who reads your work and has their experiences validated and feels emboldened by your own courage to publish. This is a circle of connection that strengthens our movement by strengthening our relationships with each other.

Please reach out to me with your questions, your comments, your suggestions, and your stories. We are in this together!

With warmest regards, Jacqui


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Critical Dietetics Conference

Our eighth international critical dietetics conference is now over. I encourage everyone who presented in Montgomery, Alabama to submit their work to the Journal of Critical Dietetics for consideration under one of the Journal sections.

As well, stay tuned for information coming up about our ninth international conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from Oct. 4-6, 2019.

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“The Wind Brings Your Names”


Transformative is the word I keep coming back to as I describe my experience in Montgomery, Alabama last weekend during our 8th International Conference. Not only was the conference itself memorable with a rich slate of student presentations on Friday morning, to the incredible range of speakers during the People’s Tribunal on Friday afternoon, followed with an inspiring dinner at Martha’s Place, and then finally our day on Saturday where it was simply session after session of critically meaningful work being shared by those in person and those attending virtually. It was Sunday, during the civil rights tour led by Dr. Evelyn Crayton that the experience reached a visceral level. From a visit to the first all-Black university in Tuskegee, a tour of the Equal Justice Institute’s museum and then memorial (from which the photo below was taken), to an impromptu speech by Linda Blackmon Lowery at the foot of the Pettus Bridge in Selma (Linda was a 14-year old participant in the horror of Bloody Sunday); we were transformed. Thank you to everyone who made it possible to be in Montgomery including Danita Stapleton, our conference lead and her amazing team. Thank you to Evelyn Crayton who remained steadfast in her convictions to host Critical Dietetics in Alabama. Thank you to Jill White who brought a bus load of students from Dominican University in Chicago after teaching them a course that culminated in a final presentation at Critical Dietetics, plus organized a most memorable People’s Tribunal. And, thank you to our keynote speaker, Minnie Bruce Pratt who shared her stories and reminded us that the power of words to unlock the memory chambers that embolden us all.

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Call for Research Participants

Dr. Catherine Gillespie is conducting research on eating disorder recovery. She asked to share this invitation with you to share with your networks. Here is Dr. Gillespie’s message:

As a follow-up to my 2018 book entitled Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of Full Eating Disorder Recovery, I am conducting an anonymous research survey on the characteristics and behaviors of people in eating disorder recovery. I am hoping that you might consider making this link available or sending it directly to those in eating disorder recovery so that they can share their experience and contribute to awareness of the good news of eating disorder recovery. Everyone can use the same link. It takes about 15 minutes to fill out, although it is possible to spend longer if desired. Participants must be 18 years old. The first page of the survey is an informed consent form. Here’s the link: http://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6W5juzg86q9R71P

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Catherine Wilson Gillespie, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean
Drake University School of Education
Collier Scripps Room 230

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