Evan Edwards

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Evan Edwards

Visiting Assistant Professor – Grand Valley State University

Evan Edwards is a chef and educator living in Grand Rapids. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago, where he completed a dissertation on the philosophy of food entitled Autotrophy of the Other in 2022. He was scholar-in-residence at Thoreau College in Viroqua, WI, and is currently a visiting assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary studies at Grand Valley State University, where he teaches courses in interdisciplinary and environmental studies. His current research is on the history of soil crises in the United States, and the relationship that Epicureanism has to Marxist theory. He has been a chef at several restaurants in the southwest Michigan area; he serves on the top circle of the Grand Rapids Food Coop Initiative; he has run a vegan farm dinner series for the last five years; and he was chef-in-residence at Frame Restaurant in Detroit in 2023. He will be farming this season at Holler Farm in Grand Rapids. Since 2018, he has brought these two areas of his background together under the name “The Laurentian,” a term that is taken from the name of the bioregion of the Great Lakes.


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