SAF: 20 Years of Growing Farmworker Activists


SAF sticker with farmer

SAF sticker

This exhibition explores the human experience of farmworkers and the history of a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving their lives. Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) began here at Duke, and the materials on display come from the SAF archives in the Rubenstein Library. As you look around, we hope you learn a little about where your food comes from, who grows it, and how your food choices affect thousands of people every day.

The Curators

The exhibition that spans the Perkins Gallery, the Rare Book Room Hallway Cases, and the Special Collections Hallway Gallery is an interdisciplinary effort celebrating the 20th anniversary of Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF). In the spring 2012 semester, students in Professor Charles Thompson’s Politics of Food seminar worked with SAF staff members and the Libraries’ Visual Materials Archivist, Human Rights Archivist, and Exhibits Librarian to bring to light two decades of history of working with farmworkers at Duke.

This exhibit is supported by SAF, Duke University Libraries, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Franklin Humanities Institute BorderWorks Lab, the Duke University Service Learning Program, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Many people were involved in this exhibition, including:
Charles Thompson, Ryan Nilsen, Joanna Welborn, Melinda Wiggins, Rosalva Soto, Patrick Stawski, Karen Glynn, Meg Brown, Mark Zupan, Kelly Agan, Rosemary Davis, Jennifer Blomberg, Beth Doyle, Alex Marsh and Michael Daul.

The Students from the Politics of Food Class (Spring 2012):

Into the fields-scrapbook page

Into the fields-scrapbook page

Brandon Pierce
Ebonie Simpson
Effie Kim
Hannah Scott
Joshua Schwab
Lynn Hakki
Margaux McAulay
Matthew Barnett
Meredith Ragno
Michael Leonard
Michelle Lozano Villegas
Morgan Beard
Molly Johnson
Nafeesa Islam
Zachary Stemer

To learns more and get involved, visit SAF’s website at

This exhibition is only partially presented in this website. To view the full exhibition, please visit Perkins Library during regular hours through the Fall 2012 semester.

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