Food

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
When: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Harman Academy, DML 241

You are what you eat. So runs a time-tested folkloric observation. The past four decades have witnessed a mounting concern with good nutrition as the basis of health. The nation, meanwhile, seems caught in an epidemic of obesity. Hunger, famine, and starvation seem permanently established in certain areas of the planet. Should we accept such disjunctions as part of a pattern of Malthusian necessity? Or will the ambition to feed the Planet be a signature accomplishment of the 21st century? Professor Alison Dundes Renteln has spent a lifetime seeking answers to these questions and will lead an integrated interdisciplinary discussion of how and why human beings establish production and distribution systems that keep significant portions of the human race hungry (at best) and more often, starving to death.

Alison Dundes Renteln

Alison Dundes Renteln is professor of political science, anthropology, and public policy, and chair of the department of political science. Renteln specializes in international law, human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, political and legal theory, integrating all of these legal arenas as they illuminate the relationship between the legal system and cultural rights. In addition to her polymathic work that applies the questions of anthropology to the concerns of legal scholars, Renteln has used her expertise for the public good, working with the California Bar Association and the California Attorney General's Commission on hate-crimes.