Catch Up With Chuck Episode 21 Connecting Rural and Urban for the Good of Humankind at Tufts University


Apr. 6, 2018

In this episode, Chuck is joined by Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy associate professor Timothy Griffin, Ph.D., and graduate student Kelly Kundratic. They went live from Boston, Mass., at Tufts University. 

Before becoming a professor at Tufts University, Dr. Griffin graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from the University of Nebraska. He has a very important point of view on urban and rural issues because of history in both. Kundratic, who grew up in rural Maryland, shared after our recording that she served as a State FFA Officer. She will graduate with her master’s degree in May with a focus in public policy and sustainable agriculture.

“Looking for opportunities to have that larger conversation about what do we want in terms of a linkage between rural and urban is something that, having lived in a rural areas for a good part of my life and now living in an urban area, I don’t necessarily see as two totally different things.”

-Timothy Griffin, Ph.D.


Chuck talked with them about their perspectives of rural and urban collaboration of the future as well as how the Rural Futures Institute and Tufts University will create opportunities for students and research. RFI looks forward to the collaboration between the two.


Catch Up With Chuck is Facebook Live series with Rural Futures Institute Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder. Airing most Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (CST) on RFI’s Facebook Page, Chuck uses this time to discuss critical rural topics and the latest about RFI while answering viewers’ questions. Stay in touch with Catch Up With Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute through Facebook and Twitter. We will be back soon with another episode looking at rural people and places, success stories, innovators, thinkers and doers who are making rural communities a legitimate best choice for worthwhile living.