Friday April 15, 2016

'Evening with Michael Pollan'

Michael Pollan, sustainable food advocate and author of four 'New York Times' best-sellers will cap the University's Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the RecPlex.

The talk, part of the University's Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium, is free and open to the public. No tickets are required; seating is on first-come basis. 

Pollan, named by TIME as one of the world's most influential people in 2010, wrote Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation and of four New York Times bestsellers — Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual; In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto; The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World. The New York Times and The Washington Post named The Omnivore’s Dilemma one of the 10 best books of 2006. 

The University of Dayton Speaker Series serves as a catalyst for discussion of contemporary issues through public presentations and related programming. Speakers, selected from student, faculty and staff nominations, have achieved national or international recognition for their expertise; represent, as a series, a diversity of intellectual, cultural, political, and religious perspectives; and engage directly with students, faculty and staff to support learning and living in community.

Other speakers in the 2015-16 series included Ellen Gustafson, with her talk "A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity and the Food System;" Eric Liu, a civics educator and founder of Citizen University with his talk "Reimagining Citizenship;" and Elijah Anderson, a sociology professor at Yale University who spoke as part of the University's celebration honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"These are people who found their passions and make a difference in the world," said Kathy Webb, University of Dayton dean of libraries and Speaker Series outgoing committee chair. "They are a dynamic group who will raise new issues in the series this year."

For more information on Pollan and the rest of the Speaker Series, visit the related links.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.

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