Tuesday, Oct. 20: Michael Pollan (Author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Botany of Desire and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual) in conversation with Prof. Hank Art-“What are the costs of the food choices we make?” (8 PM, ’62 Center)
For the past twenty 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. He is the author of the bestsellers In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, which was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollan’s previous book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, was also a New York Times bestseller, received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com.
PBS premiered a two-hour special documentary based on The Botany of Desire in fall 2009. His book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, was an immediate # 1 New York Times bestseller upon publication; an expanded, illustrated edition of Food Rules was published in November 2011. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (April 2013). A revised, young readers’ edition of Omnivore’s Dilemma is forthcoming from Penguin in August 2015
Henry Art, Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, will interview Michael Pollan onstage. Audience questions must be submitted in advance to HArt@Williams.edu before Noon Monday 19 October 2015. Book signing to follow.
Admission is free but tickets are required. You can reserve tickets online (http://62center.williams.edu/box-office/) or by calling the box office at 413-597-2425, Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm.
Sponsored by the President’s Office, the Oakley Center for Humanites and Social Sciences, the Gaudino Fund, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Class of 1963 Sustainability Development Fund, the 1946 Fund for World Brotherhood, and Williams College Dining Services.