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Spotlight: The Politics of Food

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UNC Charlotte’s College of Health and Human Services will host acclaimed thought leader, Dr. Marion Nestle, for an engaging conversation on the politics of food and food choice, Tuesday, March 18. The lecture series will include an afternoon dialogue with students at the UNC Charlotte main campus and an evening event at the Center City building in Uptown Charlotte. The student event will be held at 1:00 PM in the College of Health and Human Services, room 281.

The evening event, "Food Politics: From Personal Responsibility to Policy Advocacy," will begin with a 6:00 PM reception and presentation beginning at 7:00 PM. This event is expected to offer an eye-opening look at the food industry and the economic, political and social influences on food choice in America.

Dr. Nestle, a Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, is known for her prolific views on food policy and for being an extraordinary force in shaping the way people think and talk about food. She is also recognized for her groundbreaking book Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, as well as several other books including Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety and What to Eat, which was named as one of Amazon’s top ten books of 2006 and a Must Read by Eating Well magazine. In 2013, she was featured in the documentary film, A Place at the Table. Her most recent book is titled Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics. The event will include a book signing opportunity.

Both events, part of the TIAA-CREF sponsored UNC Charlotte Distinguished Lecture Series, are free to attend. Seating is limited; therefore advanced registration is required to attend both.

The student event will begin promptly at 1:00 PM and end no later than 1:50 PM. To RSVP, please email Donna Brady.

Please register online for the evening event.

Photo courtesy of Lou Manna.