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Food and Climate Change: A Conversation with Michael Pollan hosted by Juliet Schor

Michael Pollan

Karl and Sally le Roux

Thursday, November 2, 2017


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 numerous bestsellers including In Defense of FoodThe Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire.  His book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, was an immediate # 1 New York Times bestseller upon publication. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (April 2013).  Documentaries on PBS and Netflix have also showcased Pollan’s work.  Contributing to the New York Times Magazine since 1987, his writing has received numerous awards and in 2009 Pollan was named one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders” by Newsweek magazine.  His essays have appeared in many anthologies and other magazines including Harper’s (where he served for many years as executive editor), Mother Jones, Gourmet, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Gardens Illustrated, and The Nation. Michael Pollan was chosen by Time Magazine for the 2010 Time 100 in the Thinkers category.  In 2014 Michael Pollan was awarded the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 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.

Michael Pollan will be interviewed by Boston College’s Juliet Schor, professor of Sociology, whose research focuses on work, consumption, and sustainability.  Her interests include the sharing economy, climate change, and alternative food provisioning.