Michael Pollan's Visit

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Michael Pollan will be on campus for a series of major events September 24-26.

The following events are free and open to the public.

1. Go Big Read/Humanities Without Boundaries Public Lecture: In Defense of Food: The Omnivore’s Solution

Thursday, September 24, 7PM, Kohl Center (Click here for Kohl Center information)
There are no tickets needed for this event, it is FREE and open to the public
Real food--the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize as food—is being undermined by science on one side and the food industry on the other, both of whom want us focus on nutrients, good and bad, rather than actual plants, animals and fungi. The rise of “nutritionism” has vastly complicated the lives of American eaters without doing anything for our health, except possibly to make it worse. Nutritionism arose to deal with a genuine problem--the fact that the modern American diet is responsible for an epidemic of chronic diseases, from obesity and type II diabetes to heart disease and many cancers--but it has obscured the real roots of that problem and stood in the way of a solution. That solution involves putting the focus back on foods and food chains, for it turns out our personal health cannot be divorced from the health of the soil, plants, and animals that make up the food chains in which we take part. In this talk, Pollan explores what the industrialization of food and agriculture has meant for our health and happiness as eaters, and looks at the growing national movement to renovate the food system.

2. Michael Pollan will also be the keynote speaker at REAP’s Food for Thought Festival on Saturday, September 26, 10AM. Visit reapfoodgroup.org for more information.

Pollan's visit as well as tie-in events related to the culture and politics of food, sustainable agriculture, public health, and environmental journalism sponsored by:

More information about Pollan and his visit are available at Center for Humanities Web site.