Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Pope Francis' Initiatives: Effective Action on Environment, Hunger and Human Rights

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Pope Francis Hunger

Ellen Messer
Tufts University 

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015  
Time: 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

RSVP Required

Abstract: How can Vatican initiatives on the environment and ending hunger be combined effectively? In this colloquium, Dr. Ellen Messer will address the best practices in theory, theology, and action for these initiatives. She will share and update findings from an American Anthropological Association symposium in 2014, “Pope Francis and Ending Hunger: Anthropological, Sacred, and Secular Frameworks Advancing the Human Right to Food."


Ellen Messer is an anthropologist dedicated to rooting out hunger and promoting human rights. She specializes in cross-cultural perspectives on the human right to food, sustainable food systems, and cultural history of nutrition, agriculture, and food science. Dr. Messer received her PhD in ecological anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is the former director of the World Hunger Program at Brown University. She currently has faculty affiliations at Tufts University, Boston University, and Brandeis University. Dr. Messer is the co-author of Who's Hungry? and How Do We Know? Food Shortage, Poverty, and Deprivation.

readmoreread more
Messer Interviewinterview
recap buttonrecap button

In the News


A recent CNBC article cites that 52 developing countries are suffering from dire levels of hunger, according to the most recently released Global Hunger Index (GHI). 

According to the report, 795 million people are still chronically undernourished, a significant portion of which are children. According to the GHI, more than one in four children are affected by malnutrition-related stunting.

In his remarks to the U.S. Congress this past September, Pope Francis called attention to the growing challenges of global poverty and hunger that exist in the third millennium.