Special Appearances

Special Appearances

Dynamic and engaging. Informative and inspiring. Frances and Anna provide audiences with fresh insights, startling facts and stirring vignettes, as they focus on real solutions emerging worldwide. Please scroll down to see feedback from the audience.

A sampling of their appearances:

  • World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue: Frances makes three requests to the World Food Prize Foundation after three leaders in the biotech industry, including Robert T. Fraley, Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto, were awarded the 2013 World Food Prize.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies: Frances shares her personal journey, from her first epiphany about world hunger in Berkeley’s library back in 1970 to her most current work, including her recent challenge to the World Food Prize.
  • World Future Council (2013): Frances travels to Bonn, Germany to serve in her role as Councillor.
  • Believing is Seeing Concert (2013): Frances joins Matt Jenson and the Liquid Revolution for two nights of insightful and soul-awakening responses to the pressing social, political, economic, and environmental issues of our times.
  • Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappé at TEDxManhattan (2013): Anna takes on the billion-dollar business of marketing junk food, soda, and fast food to children and teens.
  • International Expert Working Group for the New Development Paradigm (2013): Frances visits Bhutan to discuss a more life-serving way for societies to define goals and measure progress than is captured in the obviously failing GNP-driven model.
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Conference (2012): Frances delivers the keynote at the biggest renewable energy fair in the country.
  • Seeds of Doubt Conference (2012): Frances speaks to an audience of health care practitioners in Boulder, CO.
  • Bloomberg "BWELL" Campaign (2012): Frances delivers a lunch-time speech to staff members as a part of the Bloomberg BWELL campaign.
  • Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo: Dialogue 2009-2012, The Netherlands (2012): Frances delivers a "Visions and Projects" speech during the Floriade Dialogue focused on offering solutions for transparent markets for farmers, distributors and consumers, alike.
  • International Institute of Social Studies' Hunger, Food & (Agroecological) Alternatives Colloquium (2011): Frances spoke before an international group of agroecology scholars at the ISS Colloquium at The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Right Livelihood Award 30th Anniversary Conference (2010): Frances spoke before other laureates from around the world in Bonn, Germany during a week of discussion and debate on global challenges;
  • Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College (2010): Frances speaks about “what makes food good” during a weeklong summit that covers a wide variety of food issues. Other speakers include Marion Nestle, Cary Fowler, and Bina Agarwal;
  • Weissman Center’s Food Lecture Series at Mount Holyoke College (2010): Anna discusses the connection between the climate crisis and one’s food choices. Past speakers include Peter Singer and Temple Grandin;
  • Food & Climate Summit at NYU (2009): Anna emcees the opening ceremonies with the Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer;
  • Brooklyn Food Conference (2009): Anna delivers the closing keynote for this 3,000+ community event focused on the borough’s emergent food justice activism;
  • World Food Day (2005): Frances was the featured spokesperson for the 60th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. Closed-circuit TV broadcast her interview to hundreds of universities and the public worldwide.
  • MIT Visiting Scholar (2000, 2001): Frances was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology where she delivered a speech and seminar on her research;

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Praise for Anna Lappé

Anna is an articulate, compelling and lucid speaker, and especially inspires young people to know that they, too, can make a difference.

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—Nina Simons, Co-Producer, Bioneers Conference

Anna’s event at Norwalk Community College was a huge success. Our forum was filled to capacity and Anna gave a superb talk. A number of students came up to me afterwards and told me how moving her talk had been. I have no doubt that these kinds of events can truly be transformative ones in their lives. For the sake of our planet, let's hope so! Our sincere thanks to Anna for coming to our college and we hope to have her come back one day in the future!

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—Robert Emigh, Associate Professor of English as a Second Language, Norwalk Community College

Anna Lappe is a breath of fresh air in the food world. Her work links food production to the health of people, communities, and the planet. She is one of the few people focusing on the way food fits into the big picture of the world economy, climate change, and globalization. We need this kind of thinking."

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—Marion Nestle, Author Food Politics and Safe Food

Praise for Frances Moore Lappé

We had so much fun with Frances! Send her back to us, please! She presented an inspiring talk on Thursday that kept everyone glued to their seats. Students continued the conversation with her afterward until 10:45pm (we began at 8pm). I’ve never seen someone evoke such energy from our students. She also gave wonderful answers in the classes she attended and the Homestead students loved meeting her.

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—Marlaine Browning, Program Coordinator, Denison University

You've made such a difference to our students and us. The buzz from last night is still very much with the seniors and other students. They're inspired!

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—Lauret Savoy, Mount Holyoke

The latest issue of our alumni magazine featured the student president, Kristina Alvarez, of the Environmental Club - who said your talk in Intro to Environmental Studies was a big factor in her decision to major in it!

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—John Berg, Professor and Chair of Government Department, Suffolk University