Vision 2020 Lecture: Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Knights Hall
Free and open to the public 

Bellarmine University invites you to spend an evening with Michael Pollan, author of the best-selling books In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. 

For the past 25 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. This year, he was named to the TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and in 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.”

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, health and the environment.

Respect for the environment and commitment to a sustainable future are core values of Bellarmine University, which in 2010 is celebrating 60 years of academic excellence, leadership and service for the region and the world. Bellarmine is especially inspired by influential Catholic author Thomas Merton and his keen sensitivity to the interconnectedness of all life. 

In 2009, Bellarmine created a new Center for Regional Environmental Studies. The center supports a new undergraduate program in environmental studies, campus-wide initiatives in environmental sustainability, new research agendas and the Bellarmine Farm, which will provide fresh produce for the University Dining Hall. It is also an important step toward the realization of Vision 2020, the university’s bold plan to be the premier independent Catholic university in the South and the leading private university in the commonwealth and region. 

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Michael Pollan offers a "cure for the disease of human self-importance" in a "plant's eye view" from the 2007 TED conference: