Zoerheide Lecture: Behind the Kitchen Door, March 8

On Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. Saru Jayaraman, activist, author and professor, will present our next Zoerheide Lecture. “Behind the Kitchen Door: Paying Fair Wages and Building a Just and Sustainable Food Industry” will be presented in Enoch Pratt Hall, 514 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Ms. Jayaraman is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press 2013).  She asks how restaurant workers survive on some of the lowest wages in America and how poor working conditions and exploitation affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables. 

In her book Ms. Jayaraman argues that, “Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you don’t want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant? It’s one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it.” 

Saru Jayaraman is co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and holds a Masters Degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has been profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section, was named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” and one of New York Magazine’s “Influentials.”

The Robert and Jean Zoerheide Lecture Series speaks to the civic values of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (Universalist & Unitarian), and provides regular opportunities for public dialogue with leading voices in the Unitarian Universalist and other liberal religious traditions. The series honors our late Minister emeritus and his wife for their years of leadership in Baltimore. For more information, contact Becky Brooks or call the office at 410-685-2330.

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