Michael Pollan Addresses "Feast or Famine" for Saint Mary's College First-Year Experience Program

What: Michael Pollan visits campus as a part of the Saint Mary's College of California's new first-year experience program, themed "Feast or Famine." During the day, Pollan will meet with several classes and participate in a lunchtime roundtable discussion with students. Pollan will give a free public lecture Wednesday evening.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 12:45 p.m. (lunchtime roundtable), 7:00 p.m. (public lecture).

Where: Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga. The public lecture will be held at the Soda Center.

Background: The inaugural year of a themed first-year experience, "Feast or Famine" aims to challenge students to think in new ways. As part of the College's Lasallian heritage, the community will explore the lives of the poor and the issues of social justice that relate to food.

One component of the theme-based learning is reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, which students received in Orientation. They will participate in a series of events connected to the book and the theme, including an assignment in their English Composition class.

For the past 20 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs and architecture. Pollan is the author of, most recently, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. His previous book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, was named one of the 10 best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine since 1987, his writing has received numerous awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003; the John Burroughs prize for the best natural history essay in 1997; the QPB New Vision Award for his first book, Second Nature; the 2000 Reuters-I.U.C.N. Global Award for Environmental Journalism for his reporting on genetically modified crops; and the 2003 Humane Society of the United States' Genesis Award for his writing on animal agriculture. In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, and gardening.

Contact:
Elizabeth Smith
Assistant Vice President, College Communications
(925) 631-4826 / (925) 518-2341
jes5@stmarys-ca.edu

Contact

Elizabeth Smith
Assistant Vice President, College Communications
(925) 631-4826 / (925) 518-2341
jes5@stmarys-ca.edu

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