Michael Pollan addresses food and agriculture in the first Ethics/Religion and Society lecture

The series' opener takes place at the Cintas Center on Sunday, Sept. 27, as part of an ecology and sustainability focus | September 21, 2009

Author Michael Pollan is presenting a lecture on the topic, “In Defense of Food: The Omnivore’s Solution,” in the first of the Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture series at Xavier. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center on campus.

For 20 years, Pollan, a contributing writer for The New York Times magazine and a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, has written books and articles about the places where humanity and nature intersect, namely food, agriculture, gardens, drugs and architecture. Among his many books on food and food production is The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

The Ethics/Religion and Society program encourages ethical and religious analysis of socially significant issues. For 2009-2010, the focus is “Food and Agriculture” under the general three-year theme of “Ecology and Sustainability.” Speakers are offering reflections on various issues associated with sustaining human life through food production.

The lecture series is part of the Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) program, which was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities with a challenge grant of $400,000. The University raised an additional $1.6 million to establish an endowed chair, purchase library and computer resources, and support the lecture series to provide continuing educational opportunities for faculty.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.