Compiled by Sean Harris ’11
Aaron Woolf is the first all-school assembly speaker on Tuesday, March 1.
Woolf is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on the human dimension of government policy.
He has spoken extensively on policy issues ranging from immigration and agriculture to rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Woolf is the director and producer of the critically acclaimed film “King Corn,” his sixth feature documentary, for which he was awarded a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award.
The film has been hailed by the Austin Chronicle as being “…as relevant as ‘Super Size Me’ and as important as ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’”
His work has been released theatrically in the United States, Europe and Japan and broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel and numerous international networks.
Woolf also directed “Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball, and the United States” (2000), “Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling” (2003) and recently finished “Beyond the Motor City” (2010).
He has won an Australian Emmy (a Logie) for his work on “Dying to Leave: The Global Face of Human Trafficking and Smuggling.” He is also the founder of Mosaic Films Incorporated.
Woolf has presented work and spoken at numerous institutions including Stanford University, Yale, UCLA, the Centers for Disease Control and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
In 2007 he opened Urban Rustic, a Brooklyn, N.Y. grocery specializing in locally sourced and organic foods.
Chef Ann Cooper
Chef Ann Cooper is the keynote speaker on workshop day, Wednesday, March 2.
Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator and enduring advocate for better food for all children.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, N.Y., Cooper has been a chef for more than 30 years including positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort as well as serving as executive chef at the renowned Putney Inn in Vermont.
Cooper is the author of four books: “Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children” (2006), “In Mother’s Kitchen: Celebrated Women Chefs Share Beloved Family Recipes” (2005), “Bitter Harvest: A Chef’s Perspective on the Hidden Dangers in the Foods We Eat and What You Can do About It” (2000) and “A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen: The Evolution of Women Chefs” (1998).
In 2009, Cooper founded Food Family Farming Foundation (F3) as a nonprofit focusing on solutions to the school food crisis. Cooper is happily working overtime as a chef, nutrition services director, consultant, author, public speaker and advocate because she sees a need for change and has the gifts to help.
She envisions a time soon when being a chef working to feed children fresh, delicious and nourishing food will no longer be considered “renegade.”
Editor’s Note: Speakers listed were confirmed by The Roundup’s print deadline and are subject to change.
Read more Summit-related articles in the 2011 Summit Special Section.