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Omnivore’s Dilemma: Locavore’s Delight—A UConn Reads Event

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Waterbury Campus
MPR Room 113-116

Since its publication, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) has sparked a national conversation about American ways of eating and their impact on our health and environment. With our passion for the environment, health, and human rights, the UConn community is ready for a wide-ranging debate about the culture, politics, and science of eating. Read more about our book selection on UConn Today.

This event will connect Omnivore’s Dilemma to Connecticut’s Agricultural History, Waterbury History, and the locavore movement. An exhibit related to the History of Farming in Waterbury will be on display (Curator, Dr. Ruth Glasser, UConn History Department/Urban and Community Studies). The invited guest speaker is Irina Stoenescu.

Irina studied international relations and history, and, having an endless curiosity in world cultures, she realized that food is the ultimate unifier of humanity. She has traveled the globe studying first hand food policies, food culture and food traditions. Irina contends that food traditions allow us to reconnect with our own identities as individuals in society, she also feels that it opens new opportunities for the future. Irina is presently the Manager of Comstock Ferre & Co. (one of the oldest seed companies in America), and a coordinator of the National Heirloom Expo. Co-Sponsor: UConn Reads Steering Committee


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