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Latin American studies series continues April 8 with fair-trade coffee discussion

April 3, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Latin American Studies Spring Forum Series will continue with a panel discussion on fair-trade coffee from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 8 in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall.

The title of the presentation is "Beyond the Bean: Stories of Ethical Coffee Sourcing in Honduras and Guatemala."

The panel will include UW-Eau Claire alumni Aaron Ellringer and Alex Snyder, as well as Jody Slocum from the Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization Farmer to Farmer. The discussion will focus on fair-trade coffee collaborations between Central America and the upper Midwest.

Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a coffee cup, as coffee will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Slocum has been involved with Farmer to Farmer and traveling to Guatemala for 20 years. She made her living as a weaver for years and is now a part-owner of Cultural Cloth, a store selling textiles and crafts produced by women's groups from 15 countries.

Since graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 1997, Ellringer has worked on farms, driven transit vehicles, helped organize a community radio station, founded a worker-owned local food store and has been involved with nonprofit education, information and fundraising for many years. He visited farms in Honduras and Guatemala in January as a part of his job selling coffee through Farmer to Farmer.

Snyder, a 2011 UW-Eau Claire graduate, is an employee at Just Local Food in Eau Claire. He went along on the Honduran leg of the Farmer to Farmer trip as a member of the public.

The final presentation in the LAS Spring Forum Series will be held April 22. It will feature Elizabeth Cuero Badillo, a Witness for Peace speaker, who will discuss privatization and free trade.

The LAS Spring Forum Series is sponsored by the Latin American Studies program and the Blugold Commitment.

For more information, contact Dr. Analisa DeGrave, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American studies program, at or 715-836-4546. More information about Farmer to Farmer can be found on the organization's website.



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