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Best-selling author Michael Pollan to give Vision 2020 Lecture

Jul 26, 2010

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," will deliver the Vision 2020 Lecture at Bellarmine University on Oct. 7.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Knights Hall.

For the past 25 years, Pollan has been writing 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 at Bellarmine University, which in 2010 is celebrating 60 years of academic excellence, leadership and service for the region and the world.

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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