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Speakers on the Square - Eat, Drink, Vote

Date: 3/25/2014
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
Eisner & Lubin Auditorium - 4th Floor
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Eat, Drink, Vote: A Guide to Food Politics
Featuring Marion Nestle, Professor with Chair - Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health

What’s wrong with the US food system? Why is half the world starving while the other half battles obesity? Who decides our food issues, and why can’t we do better with labeling, safety, or school food? These are complex questions that are hard to answer in an engaging way for a broad audience. But everybody eats, and food politics affects us all.

Marion Nestle has always used cartoons in her public presentations to communicate how politics—shaped by government, corporate marketing, economics, and geography—influences food choice. Cartoons do more than entertain; the best get right to the core of complicated concepts and powerfully convey what might otherwise take pages to explain.

Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends to see what happens when Nestle teams up with The Cartoonist Group syndicate to present some of her favorite cartoons on issues ranging from dietary advice to genetic engineering to childhood obesity. Using the cartoons as illustration and commentary, she engages on some of today’s most pressing issues in food politics.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003.  She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition from University of California, Berkeley.   Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing.

She is the author of four prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; What to Eat; and Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (with Dr. Malden Nesheim).  She also has written two books about pet food, Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine and Feed Your Pet Right (also with Dr. Nesheim).  Her most recent books in 2013 are the tenth anniversary edition of Food Politics (with a foreword by Michael Pollan, the paperback edition of Why Calories Count, and a new book, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.

For more information, please contact alumni.info@nyu.edu.