University of Michigan's 'Fast Food for Thought' series returns Oct. 9

Event is free and open to the public

By Meredith Bruckner - Community News Producer

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ANN ARBOR - Whether you're a foodie, a health nut or you're interested in how it's made, the 5th Annual "Fast Food for Thought" series is a thought-provoking event you'll want to attend.

Ten interdisciplinary faculty members will give a series of fast-paced talks (5 minutes each) on agriculture and the many aspects of food, with a delicious reception to follow.

Event details

  • When: Oct. 9, 6 p.m.
  • Where: University of Michigan Dana Building, Room 1040
  • This event is free and open to the public.

This year's speakers include:

  • Karen Alofs, School for Environment and Sustainability: "Food, Fish, and a Changing Climate"
  • Harriet Friedmann, Sociology, SFSI Visiting Scholar, "Modernity and the Hamburger"
  • Kris Harrison, Communication Studies, "Fried Old McDonald’s and Hatman Oatmeal: Young children’s food brand recognition and BMI"
  • Pam Jagger, School for Environment and Sustainability, "Is Cooking a Poverty Trap for 3 Billion People?"
  • Michael Kennedy, Architecture, "'Eat With Your Eyes: A Celebration of Design, Making and Sharing Food"
  • Rebekah Modrak, Art & Design, "The First Egg Out of the Chicken’s Anus"
  • Laura Motta, Archaeology, "Of Wine, Rice and Ancient Cities"
  • Kendrin Sonneville, School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences, "Thinking Your Weight is a Problem is the Problem"
  • Chef Frank Turchan, Michigan Dining
  • Jessica Kenyatta Walker, American Culture, "Peanuts in the Collards: The Everyday Racialization of Food"

The event is put on by the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. To learn more, visit its website.

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