Works In Progress Quarterly Colloquium

How it Works

At Works In Progress Colloquiums, two faculty presenters submit works-in-progress in advance of the meeting. Faculty and graduate student members read and respond at quarterly group meetings. The tightly-structured format provides substantive feedback to the author and stimulates cross-disciplinary discussion.


  1. Strengthen individual research projects with cross-disciplinary critique from experts,
  2. Broaden the research that emerges so that it reaches a broader academic audience and general audience,
  3. Mentor graduate students who are at the dissertation level in the process of writing and revision,
  4. Instruct graduate students how to balance interest in “food studies” with solid expertise in their discipline,
  5. Retain the internationally recognized food scholars in our group and recruit the strongest graduate students working on food in our respective disciplines, and
  6. Increase the prestige of the University of California through the publicity of our works in progress, members, and publications record.

Past Meetings