by Marion Nestle

Past appearances

May 6 2024

Brooklyn: Archestatus Books. Chop Fry Watch Learn

MON MAY 6 / Chop Fry Watch Learn: Fu Pei-mei and the Making of Modern Chinese Food with author Michelle T. King and moderator Marion Nestle
I’m moderating: Chop Fry Watch Learn: Fu Pei-mei and the Making of Modern Chinese Food with author Michelle T. King.  Arcchstatus Books is at 164 Huron, Greenpoint. 6:00 p.m.  Information is here.
Apr 29 2024

NYU: (on Zoom) Critical Topics in Food Studies

This session is on Practicing Food Studies.  It will be at 5;00 p.m.  Details to come.

Apr 18 2024

Ithaca: Cornell University Wolizer lecture

I am the 2024 Joyce Lindower Wolitzer ’76 and Steven Wolitzer Seminar speaker and will be at Cornell for events connected with it.  My Wolitzer talk, “Food Politics 2024: An Agenda for Action” is at 4:45 p.m. in 700 Clark Hall, followed by a book signing.  No registration necessary, just come!

Apr 7 2024

On Zoom: Stroum Jewish Community Center, Seattle

I’m speaking about my memoir, Slow Cooked, at 4:00 p.m. PT (7:00 p.m. ET).  For information and registration, click here.  Alas, I missed this one (culpa mea, with great regret).  I’m told it will be rescheduled at this point.

Apr 1 2024

NYU: Practicing Food Studies! The launch!

NYU’s Institute of Public Knowledge is hosting the launch of Practicing Food Studies, edited by Amy Bentley, Fabio Parasecoli, and Krishnendu Ray.  I wrote the Foreword.  We will all provide brief perspectives on our quarter century of teaching food studies.  For information and registration, click here.  For 30% off on the book, click here.

Mar 26 2024

Zoom: Les Dames d’Escoffier, Bay Area

This is a Table Talk panel on THE WEIGHT OF OZEMPIC: What happens when we no longer care about food?  The panel is moderated by Dame Kara Nielsen.  It includes me, Laura Reiley (former Washington Post business of food reporter), and Shaun Chavis (content manager at Found Health and an  Ozempic user).  Time: 9:30 – 11 am PT (12:30 ET).  Information and registration here.

Mar 12 2024

NYU: Center for Anti-Racism, Social Justice, and Public Health

I’m on a panel, “What does a just food system look like in 2024?  for the annual symposium of .NYU’s Center for Anti-racism, Social Justice, & Public Health.  It runs from noon to 5:00 p.m.  My session is from 2:50 PM-4:00 PM.  Details to follow.





Mar 5 2024

On Zoom: Good Eats MOFAD event on eating ethically

I’m on a panel to celebrate the launch of Good Eats: 32 Writers on Eating Ethically, a book I blurbed.  It’s at 7:00 p.m.  Information and registration are here.

NYU Press book ordering info and codes:  Use the code NYUP30 for 30% off your order and free domestic shipping on orders over $40.  Good Eats: 32 Writers on Eating Ethically by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite.

Mar 3 2024

Tenafly, NJ: Sunday of Strong Women

I’m speaking to the Kaplen Jewish Community Center’s Sunday of Strong Women about Slow Cooked. along with Lisa Belkin and Emi Nietfeld.  Information and registration are here.

Jan 9 2024

San Francisco: Conference on Industry Impact on Health

I’m on a response panel at the conclusion of the UCSF Symposium to Evaluate and Counter Harmful Industry Impacts on Health. It’s at 12:30 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, Fisher Banquet Room West, 1675 Owens Street #UNIT 251 San Francisco.  Information about the conference is hereRegister here.

Jan 7 2024

San Francisco: CPS lecture

This is CPS lecture #159 on food politics, Blue Zones, and Slow Cooked.  CPS is a series sponsored by the diaTribe Foundation in honor of the memory of Cyril Patrick Shaughnessy.  6:00 p.m.  Free, but registration required.  Register here for information, tickets, and to get address.

Dec 6 2023

New York: Slow Food

I’m moderating an online webinar on the new Slow Food book, Ark of Taste, with authors David S. Shields and Giselle Kennedy Lord.  For information and registration click here.  It’s at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Nov 1 2023

NYU Wagner Food Policy Alliance

I’m on a panel on State of the Field: Food Policy with Yvette Cabrera, director of food waste for the National Resources Defense Council, and Liz Carollo, assistant director for food access and agriculture, GrowNYC.  6:30 p.m. 295 Lafayette (Puck Building), 3rd Floor Mulberry Room.  Should be fun!

Nov 1 2023

Online: NYU Fales Library Critical Topics

I’m on a panel on “Food media: old school, new school, no school,” with ANIKAH SHAOKAT, Associate Editor at Epicurious; PAOLO LUCCHESI, Editorial Director at Resy; KIM SEVERSON, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The New York Times; JENNIFER BERG, Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU.  Moderated by CLARK WOLF, Author & NPR Host.  Free, but info and registration here.

Oct 18 2023

University of Wisconsin, River Falls: Wyman Visiting Professor Lecture

I’m giving the Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship lecture, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater, third floor, University Center, 501 Wild Rose Ave.  The topic: Food Politics 2023.

Sep 27 2023

Mexico City: Food Tech Expo

I’m keynoting the Food Tech Expo at Centro Citibamamex, Avenida del Conscripto 311, Lomas de Sotelo, Hipodromo de las Americas, 9:00 am, and on a panel at 12:30.  Information is here.

Sep 25 2023

Mexico City: Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria

Sep 22 2023

Vancouver: Dr Rogers Prize

I’m on panel discussions of the prize at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall hotel, starting at 9:00 am and going all morning.  The theme is “What to Eat: Managing Real World Nutrition.” Information is here.

Sep 21 2023

Vancouver: the Dr. Rogers Prize

I’m keynoting the launch of the 2022-2023 Dr. Rogers Prize at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1000 Burrard Street, 6:00 pm reception, my talk is at 7:00 pm.  I’m not getting the $250,000 prize (alas), I’m just celebrating it.  It’s for a Canadian doing complementary and alternative medicine.

Sep 18 2023

Online: CUNY Center for Food as Medicine

This is a discussion about ultra-processed foods with Dr. Kevin Hall at NIH, moderated by Charles Platkin.  9:30AM – 10:30AM, Free, RSVP HERE

Sep 14 2023

New York City: Food Tank’s Climate Week meeting—plus film, Food Inc 2

I’m participating in a panel discussion about the new film, Food Inc 2, hosted by Food Tank as part of Climate Week NYC.  Other panelists are Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser; it is moderated by Danielle Nierenberg.  It starts at 5:30 following an entire day of talks. The meeting information is HEREAgenda is HERE. Registration HERE. The event is by invitation only; request tickets by emailing  Everything is at the Green Space, 44 Charlton.

Sep 7 2023

Boston: Harvard Kennedy School

I giving a talk on Food Politics 2023: What Matters and Why, at noon in Rubenstein 414AB.  Attend in person and you get lunch.  It’s also online.  For information and registration, click here.  More about the talk is in the Harvard Gazette and the Kennedy School Calendar.  A poster for the talk is on Twitter (sorry, X).


Sep 6 2023

Boston: Northeastern University

My talk, “ Food Politics 2023: The Key Issue,” is at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception.  It’s hybrid.  In person, it’s in room 440 Egan.  Online, it’s at this link.    More information is here.  It’s sponsored by Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Burnes Center for Social Change.

Jun 20 2023

Geneva: WHO and UNICEF

I’m speaking at the WHO/UNICEF Global Congress on Implementation of the Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.  Information about the Congress is here.  The agenda is here.  My talk, on the Industry “Playbook,” is in the afternoon session on Identifying and Managing Industry Interference.  The Congress runs from June 20-22.

Apr 21 2023

NYU: 50th anniversary of Diet for a Small Planet

I’m on a panel to celebrate Diet for a Small Planet: 50 Years On with Frances Moore Lappé.  Frances More Lappé will reflect on the importance of her book as will the panel, which also includes Amy Bentley (Food Studies), and David Kanter (Environmental Studies). The talks will be followed byQ&A and a reception.  When: 2-5 pm.  Where: Kimmel Center for University Life Room KC 405/406, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY, 10012.  RSVP here


Apr 19 2023

Online: Humboldt University FoodBerlin

I’m doing a webinar, “Food Policy 2023: Signs for Hope?” as part of the FoodBerlin series on “Food for the Future.“  It’s at 1600 Central European time, 10:00 a.m. ET.  The link:

Apr 13 2023

Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh

This is sponsored by the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems.  It is billed as “an evening in conversation,” 4:00 to 6:00 p,m, Binks Hall, Greyfriars Charteris Centre, 138-140 Pleasance.   RSVP to A. if wanting to attend.

Apr 12 2023

Edinburgh: The Edinburgh Medal

I am honored (hugely) to be the recipient of the 2023 Edinburgh Medal, at which I give a speech as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival.  My talk, “Food Politics: Why it Matters Now” is at 7:00 p.m.  Information about the Science Festival is here.  A Tweet announcing my award is here.



Mar 23 2023

Online: NYU Fales Library Critical Topics in Food

Clark Wolf is the host and organizer.  The panel—on food and politics—includes me, talking about my memoir,  Slow Cooked, An Unexpected Life in Food Politics; Chloe Sorvino, author of Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat; Alex Prud’homme, author of Dinner With The President: Food, Politics and the History of Breaking Bread at the White House; and Tanya Holland, author of Tanya Holland’s California Soul.  Free, but register here.  It starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts one hour.

Mar 1 2023

Online: Office of Dietary Supplements

My talk is titled “Food Politics 2023: Supplements, Diets, Food Systems.”  It is at 11:00 a.m. EST.   Here’s the link.  The Webinar number: 2564 926 1810.  Webinar password:

ODSseminar (63773646 from phones).  You can join by phone: 1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada).  Access code: 256 492 61810.


Feb 28 2023

Online: Humboldt University, Berlin

I am giving a talk on Slow Cooked to the Agriculture and Food Policy Group research seminar.  Information about the book is here.  The link to the talk is here.

Feb 1 2023

Berkeley: Edible Education

I’m lecturing to students taking Berkeley’s Edible Eduction course.  Details about the course are here.  It can be watched livestream: details here.  In person, it’s at the  Anderson Auditorium at the Haas School of Business.  I’ll be speaking on current food politics and also about Slow Cooked.

Jan 28 2023

Berkeley: Plant Futures Symposium

I’m giving the keynote–in person–to this symposium at the Spieker Forum, Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, 6th floor, Cheit Ln.   Information and schedule are here.  My talk on Food Politics 2023  starts at 9:00 a.m. and is followed by a book signing for Slow Cooked.

Jan 5 2023

Online: Oxford Real Farming Conference

I’m talking with Raj Patel about Slow Cooked and everything else related to food politics. This will be at 11:00 GMT/6:00 a.m. EST (gulp).  Information about it and other conference talks is here.

Dec 15 2022

Online: CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange.  Information about the session and registration is HERE.  Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.

Dec 12 2022

On Zoom: Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition’s African American Policy Committee

I’m speaking on “Food Politics 2022: Influence on Communities of Color.”  2:00 p.m.  Here’s the link to watch.

Dec 2 2022

Princeton: Food, Ethics, Politics

I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow.  My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002.  This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events.   To register to attend, click here.

Nov 16 2022

Orlando: American College of Lifestyle Medicine

I am giving the closing keynote to the annual conference of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.  Information about the conference is here.  My talk is titled “Food Politics 2022: Impact on Lifestyle Medicine.”  Details to follow.

Nov 5 2022

Seattle: Town Hall

This is a book talk about Slow-Cooked.  Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle WA 98101 (West Entrance), 7:00 p.m.

Order book at  For 30% off, use code 21W2240 at checkout.


Nov 4 2022

Petaluma: Copperfields

I’ll be talking about Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics in a conversation with Clark Wolf, co-sponsored by KRCB.  This is at 7:00 pm at Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St, Petaluma.

Nov 3 2022

San Francisco: UCSF Clinical & Translational Science

I’m talking about Slow Cooked in USCF’s “Making an IMPACT: Science for the Real-World” series.  My talk: The Journey of One Woman in Science and Policy.  Robertson Auditorium, Mission Bay Conference Center.  3:30-4:45 followed by a reception and book signing on the 2nd floor terrace.  Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education, Catherine Reinis Lucey, will give Reflections on the Status of Women at UCSF.  Register here.  Location: Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street #UNIT 251.

Nov 2 2022

San Francisco: Omnivore Books

I’ll be speaking about Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics, and signing books at 6:30 P.M.  Attendance is free.  Information is here.

Nov 1 2022

Berkeley: Food Institute and School of Public Health

This is a discussion open only to faculty and students of the School of Public Health, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., 5th Floor Terrace, Berkeley Way West Building.

Nov 1 2022

Berkeley: KPFA lecture series

I’ll be talking about Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics.  This will be a conversation with Nina Ichikawa of the Berkeley Food Institute at The Back Room at Berkeley, 1984 Bonita Avenue, 7:00 pm followed by book signing.  Ticketing info is here.

Oct 30 2022

Oakland, CA: Women in Food and Agriculture

I am gathering with WOFA from 12-2 pm to talk about Slow Cooked.  This is co-hosted by WOFA member Dr. Rupa Marya, founder of The Deep Medicine Circle (DMC). It will be at Rooftop Medicine Farm,5110 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland (on top of Whole Foods Market, the roof of Logan apartment building), in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.  Potluck.  Members only.

Oct 19 2022

NYU Bookstore: Meet the author

I’m discussing my new book, Slow Cooked, and signing books in person at NYU’s Bookstore, 726 Broadway @ Waverly.  6:00 p.m.  The bookstore usually closes at 6:00 but will stay open for this event.  No registration needed.  Just come!  Here are the details.

Oct 18 2022

Online: World Health Summit

This is a panel presentation at this Summit  in conjunction with the World Health Organization.  The Summit is in Berlin.  Information is here.   My presentation is online from 8:oo to 9:30 a.m.  East Coast time.  I will briefly discuss, per instructions, “the risks of commercial actors and the strategies they employ to promote products to health and nutrition- and the actions needed by governments to tackle these risks.”

Oct 16 2022

Columbus, OH: World Food Day and Food Tank

I will be speaking on World Food Day at an event sponsored by Food Tank, Ohio State University, Ohio Food Policy Network, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Hosted by WOSU-NPR. This event is in person in Columbus Ohio: 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. at WOSU-NPR Headquarters, 1800 North Pearl Street Columbus, OH.  It is also available online.   Information and registration are here.

Oct 13 2022

Online: NYC Food Policy Center

This is a conversation with Charles Platkin and Hunter’s NYC Food Policy Center about Slow Cooked.  It starts at 9:30 am and runs for an hour.  Register for it here.

The book can be ordered at at a 30% discount using the code 21W2240 at checkout.

Oct 12 2022

Online: NYU Fales Library

This is to launch my new memoir: Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. This is a n NYU Fales Library event,  in conversation with food consultant, Clark Wolf.

Register and RSVP HERE

[Note: book can be ordered at 30% off from, using source code 21W2240 at checkout]

Oct 6 2022

New York: MOFAD and WNYC

This is a talk with Laura Shapiro on the new book, Slow Cooked: An Unexpected Life in Food Politics.  It will be held at the Greene Space, 44 Charlton, 7:00-8:15.

Information about tickets is here.

[Note: book can be ordered at 30% off from, using source code 21W2240 at checkout]

Oct 1 2022

Denver: Edible Communities and Food Tank

I am doing another Fireside Chat with Food Tank’s Danielle Nierenberg at 9:35 a.m.  Information about the conference is here.

Sep 30 2022

Philadelphia: Expo East and Food Tank

This is a Fireside Chat at Expo East’s Sustainability Summit with Food Tank’s Danielle Nierenberg at 2:55 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.  Information about Expo East, the Natural Products Trade Show, is here.

Sep 22 2022

Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina

I’m giving a pandemic-postponed talk in a series honoring the Gillings School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition’s 75th anniversary: Food Politics in the Coronavirus Era: What’s Next?   Lecture 5:00-6:30 p.m., reception to follow.   Rosenau Hall, 175 Dauer Drive

Sep 18 2022

Online: panel discussion on ultra-processed foods

This is at 9:30am via Zoom.  The other panelists are:

  • Kevin D. Hall, Ph.D., NIH Chief of the Integrative Physiology Section in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Fang Fang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. The Neely Family Professor; Interim Chair of the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
  • Moderated by: Charles Platkin, PhD, JD, MPH, Executive Director of the Center for Food as Medicine

Registration is required.  RSVP HERE to get the link.

Sep 14 2022

Online: Cambridge Health Alliance

My talk is on ““Food politics, 2022: What clinicians need to know.”  It’s at noon.  Microsoft Teams link:

Aug 5 2022

Chicago: Institute for Food Technology

I’m doing a debate on the topic, Should We Eat More Processed Foods?  This will be at the IFT meeting on July 11 at 8:30 am (for meeting registrants only), but it gets livestreamed on August 5 at noon.  Kevin Hall is on my team against the motion.  For the motion are Amy Webb and Michael Gibney.

Aug 2 2022

New York: Museum of the City of New York: Gastronativism

I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm.  Information is here and the ticketing link is here.  This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit,  Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).

Mar 23 2022

London: City University Food Thinkers

This is an online Food Thinkers webinar at 5:15 GMT (1:15 EDT): Food Politics 2022: Advocates Unite!  Register here.

Jan 14 2022

Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration

I’m giving a talk for the Franklin Institute on “The Politics of Food in the Coronavirus Era: Signs of Hope?”  Other speakers will be Wendell Berry, who is being honored at this celebration.  Information and registration are here.  The theme is ON FOOD:  History, Access,
Sustainability, and the Future.  It begins at 9:00 a.m.



Nov 11 2021

Online: Launch of new report on conflicts of interest

Oct 6 2021

Online: Nutrition conference, Brazil

I’m doing a prerecorded online presentation to the V Congresso Nacional de Alimentos e Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, at 8:00 p.m. on my book Unsavory Truth (Um Verdade Indigesta).  Information about the conference is here.  It runs from October 4 to 8.

Aug 23 2021

Online: Foreign Press Association

This is a webinar conversation with Ian Williams, president of the US Foreign Press Association, on the 2021 Food Systems Summit: Mired in Controversy.   The webinar begins at noon EST.  Registration is here.

Jun 7 2021

Online: Politics & Prose for Planet Palm

I’m doing a Q and A interview with author Jocelyn Zuckerman about her new book, Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything–And Endangered the World.  6:00 p.m. EDT.  Information about the event and how to register is here.

May 22 2021

Online: Yeditepe University, Turkey

In case you can’t read it, the Zoom link must be obtained from  My talk is at 11:00 a.m. New York time.

May 12 2021

Online: Hunter Food Policy Center

Register at

Apr 10 2021

Online: Ocean Beach People’s Co-op Annual Meeting

Apr 9 2021

Online: Launch of PAHO report on SSB taxes

I’m on a panel celebrating the launch of the new report,  Sugar-sweetened beverage taxation in the Region of the Americas (my blog post about the report is here).  The conference begins at 10:00 a.m.  EDT.  Information about it is here.   My panel begins at 10:30 am.  Registration for the conference is here.

Apr 7 2021

Online: NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Tel Aviv

I am keynoting a conference jointly held by NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Tel Aviv on “Food Systems in the Coronavirus Era: Past and Present.”  The other speakers are Professor Yifat Taharani, archeologist at NYU Tel Aviv speaking on ” Epidemics, Famine and Distress in Antiquity, ” and Professor Jonathan Shannon, Visiting Professor of Anthropology at NYU Abu Dhabi, on food security in the Gulf region.  The Webinar will run from 9:00  to 10:30 a.m. East coast time/2:00-3:30 p.m. GMT.  Information about the webinar and how to register is here.

Mar 16 2021

Online: Book launch—At What Cost

I’m on a panel with Mary Bassett to celebrate the launch of Nick Freudenberg’s new book, “At What Cost: Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health,” from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  Information and registration here.  Be sure to click on the orange RSVP button.
At What Cost cover
Mar 11 2021

Online: Nutrition Incentive conference 2021

I’m on a plenary panel with Ben Feldman, A’Dae Briones, and Andy Fisher: Challenges and Opportunities in National Food Policy.  12:20 p.m.  Information and registration for the conference are here.

Feb 25 2021

Online: San Francisco State College

I’m giving a talk at noon PST/3:00 EST to SF State’s Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association.  The Zoom link will be posted at

Feb 24 2021

Online: NYU Critical Topics: Multiculturalism in Nutrition and Dietetics

I’m in a panel discussion of Multiculturalism in Nutrition and Dietetics: Global Perspectives on What it Means to Eat Healthfully, in Clark Wolf’s Critical Topics in Food series.   It’s starts at 5:00 p.m. EST.  For information and RSVPs, click here.




Jan 21 2021

Online: EcoFarm 2021: Reimagining Our Future

I’m doing a short keynote on January 20 from 4:30-6:15 PST (7:30-9:15 EST).  The conference website is here.   The schedule for the conference is here.   Information about my session is here.

Jan 13 2021

Online: Oxford Real Farming Conference

I’m speaking at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, which starts January 7 and runs until January 15.  The conference website is here.   It is free, but registration is required.  My talk is on a panel at noon, East Coast time: Refreshing the Food System; the Intersection of Food, Agriculture and Technology.  Information about the panel is here.  The other panelists are Don Bustos and Joi Chevalier.  The chair is Danielle Nierenberg.

Dec 16 2020

Online: Israel Forum for Sustainable Nutrition

I’m giving a talk on sustainable diets to the Israel Forum for Sustainable Nutrition.  Register at that link.   More about the Forum and the Steinhardt Museum is here.  This is at 7:00 p.m. in Israel, noon in New York.  My talk is on food systems in the coronavirus era, US perspective.

Dec 9 2020

Online: Jewish Community Center conference on food and health

I’m participating in a two-day virtual conference: Fortify Your Health with Food.  At 11:00 am, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is talking about his new book, Healthy at Last, and the story behind his leadership on issues of nutrition and healthy food access.  At noon, I’m giving a talk on What You Need to Know About the Politics of Food, Nutrition, and Health.  The conference schedule and registration information is here.

Dec 7 2020

Online: Australian panel discussion on El Susto

“El Susto” (The Shock) is a documentary film about how soda companies are contributing to Type 2 diabetes in Mexico, and how public health advocates took them on.  I’m on a panel discussing the film with Yasmin Poole moderating: Other panelists are Dr Sandro Demaio CEO, VicHealth,  Simon Barquera, Mexico (who is in the film), Alexandra Jones, Australia, global health lawyer, Prof Rob Moodie, Australia, University of Melbourne, and Jane Martin, Australia.  The timing is tricky.  The webinar is on Tuesday 8 December, 9am—Australia time.  That makes it Monday, 7 December, 5:00 p.m. New York City time.   More information and registration is here.

Dec 1 2020

Online: Recalibrating the Restaurant Industry

I’m on a panel moderated by Clark Wolf @clarkwolfsays, with Mitchell Davis  @kitchensense, Krishnendu Ray @Raykris1, and Traci DesJardins,  @chef_traci to talk about the critical topic of restaurants today and tomorrow as they face today’s horrendous challenges.  This is part of the Critical Topics series at NYU’s @FalesLibrary. 5:00 p.m. sharp.   Free, but registration required at this link.

Nov 12 2020

Online: University of Georgia

This is the Inaugural Food, Power and Politics Lecture at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries and College of Family and Consumer Sciences.  It’s at 3:00 p.m.  Information and registration is here.


Oct 30 2020

Online: Seattle Town Hall

This lecture, presented by Town Hall Seattle and sponsored by PCC Community Markets, is titled “Ask Marion: The Politics of Food and Nutrition.”  It’s at 7:30 pm Seattle time and 10:30 pm New York time.  Get tickets here.

Oct 21 2020

Online: Diet ID Webinar on Ultraprocessed Foods

Ultraprocessed Foods: Implications for Nutrition Policy and Recommendations, with me, Carlos Augusto Monteiro, MD, PhD, and Kevin Hall, PhD, moderated by Diet ID CEO David Katz, MD, MPH.  It’s on Zoom at noon East Coast time.  Register here.
Oct 20 2020

Online: Oxford Food Symposium Kitchen Table

I am speaking with Scott Barton about global food politics and corporate opportunism.  “Attendance is open to all and the spirit, as always at Symposium events, will be as co-operative, lively and inclusive as possible.”  Register here.  This is at 2:00 p.m. East Coast time.

Oct 4 2020

Online Brooklyn Book Festival

I’m on this panel.  Information about the festival, registration, and Zoom links is here.

LIVE WEBINAR (10/4 at 11am eastern) – Food Justice/Eating For a Better Tomorrow

Eating today carries the weight of a myriad of environmental and social issues, and in doing so raises many questions about what it means to be a conscious and conscientious consumer, and the degree to which this is possible. This panel examines how we as eaters and cooks are complicit in these issues but also have the potential to help create change through our food choices. Examining farming, food deserts, consumerism and more, writers Tom Philpott (Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It), Saru Jayaraman (Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning), Marion Nestle (Let’s Ask Marion: What You Need to Know About the Politics of Food, Nutrition, and Health), and Deborah Madison (An Onion in My Pocket) will take a thoughtful look at hopeful trends and changing tides. Moderated by Krishnendu Ray, associate professor of Food Studies at NYU.

Oct 1 2020

Online at NYU Fales Library: Book talk

I will be discussing Let’s Ask Marion with Clark Wolf as part of the Fales Library Critical Topics Series at 5:00 p.m., via Zoom.   It’s free but registration is required—here.

Sep 29 2020

Online at the New York JCC

This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.

6:30 at the Jewish Community Center.  Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.

Aug 31 2020

Online: 92nd Street Y: Great Thinkers series

I’m doing a master class at the 92nd St Y’s series.  Join me for a conversation about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion: What You Need to Know About the Politics of Food, Nutrition, and Health.  I will talk about the politics of food in the Covid-19 era.  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  For tickets, click here.


Jun 25 2020

New York: New York Academy of Sciences–POSTPONED

I’m on a panel for the NYAS’s conference on Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare: Opportunities for Self-Reflection and Action, June 24-25.    Location: 7 World Trade Center. 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor.  Information and registration are here.  My panel is on the 25th at 10:45 a.m. , Session VI: Hot topic discussion: getting to the truth in nutrition science.  Other panelists are Mona Calvo fro Penn State, Mehmood Khan from Life Biosciences, and Linda Van Horn from Northwestern.  Moderator is Julia Belluz from Vox.

Apr 14 2020

Athens, GA: Russell Library for Political Research & Studies–CANCELLED

My lecture on childhood nutrition and food politics at the University of Georgia has been cancelled: Coronovirus.


Mar 12 2020


I’m on a panel with Mireya Loza and Marcia Chatelain to discuss Marcia’s new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.  20 Cooper Square, 6:00 p.m.  Register here.  I blogged about her book here.

Mar 11 2020

New York: New-York Presbyterian Hospital–CANCELLED

I was to be speaking on food ethics and the 2020 dietary guidelines at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 1273 Fort Washington Ave, Myrna Daniels Auditorium, at 1:00.  My lecture, sponsored by the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, has been cancelled due to concerns about Coronavirus transmission.

Mar 2 2020

New York: Queens College

I am speaking at the Con Edison Science, Technology, Energy, Environment, and Math (STEEM) Distinguished Lecturer series on “Food Politics 2020: Food Industry Influence on Nutrition Research and Practice.”  It’s from 12:15-1:30 pm at the Science Building, C-201.  Details are here.

Jan 16 2020

Santiago: Ministry of Social Development and Family

I am speaking to the Elige Vivir Sano team at 9:30 a.m. (no details yet).

Jan 15 2020

Santiago: Congreso Futuro 2020

My panel talk is at 10:00 a.m. at Teatro Oriente.  Other panelists: Boyd Swinburn and Sofía Bustos.  A discussion will follow the talks.  The webpage for the conference, which starts on January 13, is here.  The schedule is here.

Jan 14 2020

Concepción: Congreso Futuro 2020

My talk is at the Regional Theater of Bio Bio, Avenida Cardenal Raúl Silva Henruqez 477.  Information about the conference is here.


Dec 17 2019

New York: CUNY Urban Food Policy Forum

I’m keynoting a meeting to celebrate publication of 8 articles about SNAP in a special section of the American Journal of Public Health. 9:30am – 11:00am, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor Auditorium.  Participants: Mariana Chilton , Nevin Cohen, Nick Freudenberg, Brynne Keith-Jennings, Jennifer Pomeranz, Alfredo Morabia, Janet Poppendieck.  Information is here.

Dec 5 2019

Minneapolis: School of Public Health 75th Anniversary Celebration

I’m keynoting the Healthy Futures Summit at the University of Minnesota’s 75th Anniversary Celebration: Keynote: “The Future of Food: Policy, Community Engagement, and Education with Dan Buettner (Blue Zone) in honor of Henry Blackburn, now marking his 65th year as a researcher and administrator in the School of Public Health.  This will be at 8:15 a.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus of U. Minn.  Schedule, registration info, etc are here.

Nov 14 2019

New York: Hunter Public Health

I’m on a panel on Bettina Siegel’s book, “Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World.” with Bettina, Pam Koch and Charles Platkin. Thursday, November 14th. 6:30-8:30 PM. Register HERE>>>   Hunter College (Silberman Building), 2180 Third Avenue @ 119th, Main Auditorium (on 2nd Floor).  View Map

Nov 7 2019

Honolulu: Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation

My lecture is on “What to Eat: Dietary Advice Meets Food Politics.”  It’s at 6:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii’s Kennedy Theater, 1770 East-West Road.  Registration and other Information is here.  Information about the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation is here.  Other sponsors are the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, UH-Manoa and the University of Hawaii-West Oahu Sustainable Community Food Systems Program.

Nov 4 2019

Philadelphia: American Public Health Association

I’m on a Ethics Program panel on corporate influence on public health.  Other speakers are Jonathan Marks and Sheldon Krimsky.  Our panel is at 10:30 a.m. and goes until 12:00.   My talk is on “food industry influences on nutrition research.”  I am the third speaker.  This is session # 3142, in the Grand Salon CD, Marriott, 5th Floor.

Nov 1 2019

New York: Food Tank Conference

I’m speaking at the Food Tank Summit: The Food Movement is Growing (and Winning) at NYU Skirball Auditorium.  The schedule and information are here.  My panel is at 2:45: “Growing Better Food Policy.”  MODERATOR: Florence Fabricant (Food and Wine Writer, The New York Times).  Other panelists: Adriano Espaillat (Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives) and Tom Colicchio (American restaurateur and celebrity chef on Bravo TV’s Top Chef).

Oct 17 2019

New York: United Nations World Food Day

I’m speaking on a panel discussing healthy and sustainable diets at UN Headquarters, Conference Room 7, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Oct 4 2019

Boston: 50th Anniversary of White House Nutrition Conference

Tufts University is hosting a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health.  I’m speaking on a panel at 10:40 on the food environment.

Oct 4 2019

Boston: Obesity Medicine Association

This is a keynote for a conference on Overcoming Obesity.   My talk on “Countering Food Industry Influence” is at 8:00 a.m.  Boston Marriott Copley Plaza.  Information about the conference is here.

Sep 26 2019

New York: NYC Regional Obesity Forum

This is the keynote address, at NYU Langone Health 550 1st Ave, Farkas Auditorium.  Information is here.   My talk is at 9:50 a.m.

Sep 22 2019

New York: UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

This is an Oral Health Side Event at the NYU College of Dentistry co-sponsored by The Lancet.  433 First Ave, 2nd Floor, 12:30-6:30.  I’m on a panel on commercial determinants of health from 5:20 to 5:55.

Sep 9 2019

Ithaca: Cornell

This is a seminar for Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences.  “Food Industry Influence on Nutrition Research and Practice: In Search of a Viable Alternative.”  4-5 p.m.  Savage Hall Auditorium.  Open to public.

Sep 8 2019

New York: Corn Symposium

I’m giving the opening talk at this two-day meeting on corn.  My talk is “Corn Politics 2019: From Agriculture to Public Health” at 9:15 a.m. at the New School.  The schedule is here.  Tickets and registration are here.

Jul 12 2019

Oxford: Oxford Food Symposium

I’m speaking on “Power in the food system: big food vs. everyone else.”  The Symposium is at St. Catz on the Oxford campus.

Jun 11 2019

Rome: FAO Future of Food conference

I’m speaking at an international symposium on the Future of Food, June 10 and 11, at the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome.  The symposium schedule is here.  My talk, on “Building Consumer Confidence in Food Systems” is from 11:30 – 12:00, followed by a panel discussion.  FAO is at Viale delle Terme di Caracalla.  The talks will be webcast.

May 13 2019

Rio de Janeiro: Book tour for Unsavory Truth, Portuguese translation

“Uma verdade indigesta: como a indústria de alimentos distorce a ciência sobre o que comemos”

2:00 pm:  State University of Rio de Janeiro followed by Q&A.  Auditório 111 da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Uerj)

7pm: book launch.  Livraria Blooks – Praia de Botafogo, 316- Botafogo


May 9 2019

São Paulo: Book tour for Unsavory Truth, Portuguese edition

For the Portuguese translation of Unsavory Truth: Uma Verdade Indigesta

3:00 p.m.  Talk and Q and A with students and researchers.  Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP – Auditório João Yunes. Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715

7:30 – 9:30  Book launch talk. SESC – R. Dr. Plínio Barreto, 285 – 4º andar – Bela Vista. The talk is free, but register at this link.


May 7 2019

Brasilia: Book tour for Portuguese translation of Unsavory Truth

Talks on “Uma verdade indigesta: como a indústria de alimentos distorce a ciência sobre o que comemos”

4:00 p.m.  Meeting with journalists at Conselho Feral de Nutrição: SCN – Qd. 1 – Bl. E – Ed. Central Park.

6:00 – 8:30 Book launch at University of Brasilia – Auditório 2 – Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde

Apr 16 2019

Beijing: UNICEF Workshop on Conflicts of Interest

I am speaking at a conference sponsored by UNICEF on “Understanding Conflicts of interest and its impact on public health policy,” organized by the UNICEF China Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Beijing Representative Office, and the National Institute of Nutrition and Health of China CDC.  IT will be held at  the Beijing Landmark Hotel.  My talk will be from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Apr 5 2019

New York: Food Writing Forum

This is at the New School, 63 5th Ave.  My panel, on social media and online media, is at 11:15 a.m.  The schedule and registration information are here.

Mar 31 2019

NYU: Six books on corporations, science, and public health

I’m participating in a panel discussion with authors of books about conflicts of interest.  I’m talking about Unsavory Truth.  Other participants:

  • Moderator: Mark Crispin Miller
  • Sheldon Krimsky (Tufts) GMOs Decoded (MIT Press); Conflicts of Interest in Science (Skyhorse Publishing)
  • Mary Holland (NYU) Kim Rosenberg & Eileen Torio.  HPV Vaccine on Trial (Skyhorse Publishing)
  • Jonathan Marks (Penn State). The Perils of Partnership: Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity & Public Health (Oxford University Press).
  • Mitchel Cohen (Independent). The Politics of Pesticides: The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup. (Skyhorse Publishing).

This is from 3-5 p.m., Furman Hall (245 Sullivan Street, between Washington Square  South  & W 3rd St), Room 315.  For more information, click here.          

Mar 28 2019

New York: NYC Department of Records

I’m joining food historians Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe for the last session of their “Serious Side of Reading” series in connection with the exhibit on “Feeding the City: The Unpublished WPA Federal Writers’ Project Manuscript.”  This is at 5:30 p.m. at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services , 31 Chambers Street, Rebecca Rankin Reading Room, Suite 111.  RSVP here.

Mar 22 2019

Lisbon: Portuguese Council of Nutritionists

This will be at the annual Congress.  My talk, on “How food companies skew the science of what we eat,” will be from 11:30 to 12:00 at the Grand Auditorium of Culturegest Lisboa.

Feb 19 2019

Berkeley: Food Politics Lecture Series #3

This is the last of three lectures on Food Politics 2019, this one on “An Agenda for the Food Movement.”

These are sponsored by the Journalism School, Berkeley Food Institute, and 11th Hour Project.  This one has been moved to a larger venue–Sibley Hall.  It’s at 6:00 p.m.  Information and registration?  Click here.

Feb 12 2019

Berkeley: Food Politics Lecture Series #2

This is the second of three lectures on Food Politics 2019, this one on “Nutrition Science Under Siege.”

These are sponsored by the Journalism School, Berkeley Food Institute, and 11th Hour Project, and will be at the Logan Multimedia Center, North Gate Hall, 6:00 p.m.  Information and registration?  Click here.

Feb 7 2019

San Francisco: UCSF Institute for Policy Studies

This is a brown bag lunch conversation with Laura Schmidt on food, nutrition, and politics.   It’s at noon in the Lange Room, UCSF Library 5th FLoor, 530 Parnassus.   More information is here.

Feb 5 2019

Berkeley: Food Politics Lecture Series #1

This is the first of three lectures on Food Politics 2019, this one on “Food Policy in the Trump Era.”

These are sponsored by the Journalism School, Berkeley Food Institute, and 11th Hour Project, and will be at the Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, 6:00 p.m.  Information and registration?  Click here.

Dec 6 2018

NYU: Kavli Conversation on Science Communication

This is a conversation with Paul Greenberg on “Food Fights: Covering Disputed Science About Food and Nutrition.”  It’s 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 7th Floor Commons, 20 Cooper Square.  More information is here.  It will be live webcast online at 6:30 at  Greenberg’s latest book is The Omega Principle. 


Dec 4 2018

New York: Hunter College Food Policy Center

I’ll be speaking about my new book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.  Breakfast at 8:30, conversation with Charles Platkin from 9:00-10:15.  Hunter College Silberman Building, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street), Main Auditorium (on 2nd Floor).  rsvp here

Dec 3 2018

NYU Brooklyn: Tandon School of Engineering

I’m speaking about Unsavory Truth at 6:00 p.m. Pfizer Auditorium in a conversation with Beth Noveck.  The school is at 5 MetroTech Center (North side of MetroTech Commons).

Nov 29 2018

New York: Harvard Club

Another book talk, this time at the Harvard Club, 27 West 44th Street, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., followed by book signing.

Nov 27 2018

New Jersey: Ramapo College

This is a book talk at this College, at its President’s home, 6:00 p.m.

Nov 18 2018

San Francisco: Grace Cathedral

My daughter Rebecca is Cultural Program Manager at Grace Cathedral where she manages, among other things, the Sunday morning Forum on Faith, Ethics, and Culture.  I’m doing a talk on Unsavory Truth at 9:30 a.m.  Details here.

Nov 17 2018

San Francisco: Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

From 10:30-11:15, I’m doing a conversation with Real Food Media’s Tiffany Patton about Unsavory Truth (and other matters) under the auspices of CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), in the CUESA Classroom Tent in front of the Ferry Building, followed by a book signing at Book Passage inside the Ferry Building.

Nov 16 2018

Menlo Park: Soul Food Salon

I’m speaking about Unsavory Truth at the Sharon Heights Country Club, 2900 Sandhill Road, from 11-1.  For information and registration, click here.

Nov 15 2018

San Francisco: UCSF Food Documents Collection

I’m keynoting a conference to launch the UCSF Library’s new Food Documents Collection, which houses documents I used in my research, among others.  It’s a morning conference, 8:30-12:00, at UCSF’s Laurel Heights Auditorium, 3333 California St. Suite 265.  Details about the other panelists and the conference are here.

Nov 12 2018

San Diego: American Public Health Association

My session is from 1:00 to 2:30.  It is called “Hot Off The Presses! Getting the Message Out with Public Health Authors.”  Moderator is Joyce Gaufin, co-editor of the book “Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice.”  Other panelists are Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope In An American City, and Sandro Galea, author of Healthier: Fifty Thoughts on the Foundations of Population Health.

After the session, the three of us will do a book signing in the APHA Press booth at the exhibit center.

Details about the APHA schedule are here.

Nov 11 2018

San Diego: American Public Health Association

I will be signing copies of Unsavory Truth at the APHA Press booth in the convention center from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The schedule for the meeting is here.

Nov 7 2018

Baltimore: Choose Food Symposium

I’m speaking about conflicts of interest at the Johns Hopkins’ Choose Food Symposium, November 5-8, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel.  The program is here.  Registration is here.  My talk is at 11:15.

Nov 5 2018

New York City: The Strand Bookstore

This will be a conversation about Unsavory Truth with Roni Caryn Rabin, who wrote the terrific series of New York Times articles on the alcohol industry’s aborted effort to fund an NIH study of the benefits of alcohol consumption, 7:30-8:30 p.m.  For information and tickets, click here.

Nov 3 2018

Chicago: Humanities Festival

This is a conversation with Ji Suk Yi about my new book at International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 East 59th Street, at 10:30 a.m.  Information about the Chicago Humanities Festival is here.  Information about my appearance is here.

Nov 1 2018

Washington DC: Politics and Prose

This is a talk and book-signing for Unsavory Truth: How the Food Industry Skews the Science of What We Eat (Basic Books, October 30).  7:00 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW.  Information is here.

Oct 30 2018

New York: Unsavory Truth: publication celebration at NYU

This is the publication day for Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.  I will be speaking at 5:00 at NYU’s Fales Library, 3rd Floor (Washington Square South at La Guardia Place).  My brief talk will be followed by a Q and A and a reception.  Come celebrate with me!

Oct 27 2018

NYU: Alumni Weekend

I’m doing a conversation with the director of Heritage Radio (and a graduate of our program) Caity Moseman Wadler.  We will be discussing “Food Policy Then and Now.” from 10-11 a.m.  Information is here.

Oct 12 2018

Seattle: Les Dames d’Escoffier

I am the honored to be the recipient of this group’s Grande Dame award, at its annual conference reception and dinner.  Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison, 6:30 p.m.

Oct 3 2018

New York: Food Tank Summit

I’m doing a “Fireside Chat” with a moderator from 2:50 to 3:20 p.m.  Information about Summit fees and registration is here.  It’s at NYU’s Law School, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, Tishman Auditorium,


Sep 25 2018

Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University

This is a lecture for the Lee Honors College’s Lyceum Lecture Series on “Food for All: Sustainable Practices, Community Access, and Nutrition.”  The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception.  Chenery Auditorium, 714 South Westnedge Ave.

Sep 12 2018

Concord, NH: Payson Center for Cancer Care

I’m giving two talks today, both open to the public and free.  Information is here.

  • Noon: I am giving Grand Rounds on “Food Politics: Diet and Cancer Prevention,” Concord Hospital Family Health Center, 250 Pleasant St.
  • 6:30 p.m.: I am speaking on “Food Politics: Food Industry Influences on Diet and Health,” at Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St.  A book signing will follow.
Aug 31 2018

NYU: U Toronto-NYU Summer Doctoral Exchange Program

This will be a 15-minute preview of my forthcoming (October 30) book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, 10:20 a.m., large conference room, 411 Lafayette, 5th Floor.

Jul 8 2018

Toulouse, France: European Science Journalists Conference

I am speaking at the 5th European Conference of Science Journalists in a session on how journalists should report conflicts of interest in research.  The conference is at Hôtel du Département, 1 Boulevard de la Marquette.  The schedule is here.  I’m in the closing plenary at 5:20 p.m.  “How should we talk about conflict of interest?” Moderator: Martin Enserink, European news editor for Science magazine.

Jun 20 2018

Washington DC: Washington Post Live

This will be a conversation with former FDA Commissioner David Kessler and other speakers about how diet-related chronic diseases are driving up heath care costs.  Washington Post Live, program called Health 202 Live, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., 1301 K St. NW.  Information about the event and the other speakers is here.  To register, click here.

May 8 2018

Boston: Lancet Commission

I’m speaking at the Boston University School of Public Health at a symposium titled “One Year Later: The Trump Administration and the Health of the Public.”  The symposium is co-sponsored by BU and the Lancet Commission on Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era.   My talk on Trump Policies on Food and Nutrition is in a panel that begins at 10:10.  The conference will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Herbert Lounge, BU Public Health School, 72 East Concord St, Boston.  Details here.

May 4 2018

New York: Langone Medical Center

I’m speaking at the 3rd annual conference on “Dietary and Lifestyle Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.”  I’m giving the closing talk at 12:40 p.m. on “Food Politics: Overcoming the Barriers to Healthy Diets.”  This is at Langone Medical Center at Alumni Hall 550 1st Ave.

May 2 2018

Ithaca, NY: Cornell

I’m speaking to a class at Cornell at 11:15 a.m., 100 Savage Hall.

Apr 26 2018

NYU: Panel on women in food

This is the third event this week celebrating my career.  The panelists are Florence Fabricant New York Times Columnist Author Tia Keenan; Writer, Activist, Cheese Expert; Alicia Kennedy Village Voice Contributor; Kat Kinsman Writer, Editor, Speaker; Korsha Wilson Writer, Heritage Radio Host, Former Restaurant Worker. The Moderator is Clark Wolf Food & Restaurant Consultant.

Food Politics: Women in Food

Thursday, April 26th, 4:00 pm

NYU Bobst
Fales Library and Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
New York, NY 10012

RSVP Now, Here

Apr 24 2018

NYU: Panel on media impact

This is the second event this week celebrating my career.  Panelists include Marian Burros, formerly of the New York Times, Shawn Goldrick, Director of Patient Support Services, Boston Children’s, Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank, Gustavo Setrini in my NYU department, and Katy Sparks, sustainable chef.  Moderator is professor Sapna Parikh, visual storyteller.

The State of Food: Policy, Media, Education and More

Tuesday, April 24th, 4:00 pm

NYU Bobst
Fales Library and Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor
New York, NY 10012

RSVP Now, Here

Apr 23 2018

NYU: Conversation with Marian Burros

This is the first of three events this to celebrate the legacy and impact of my career !

All are free but best to sign up.

In conversation with Marian Burros

Monday, April 23rd, 6:30 pm

NYU Skirball
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012


Mar 27 2018

NYU: Vegan America

I’m part of a panel on “Vegan America: Race, Food, and Politics,” at 6:00 p.m. at 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor.

Other panelists are David Carter (Founder, 300 Pound Vegan; Retired NFL Defensive Lineman), Syl Ko (Co-Author, APHRO-ISM: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters), and Renan Larue (Assistant Professor of French Literature, UC Santa Barbara).

Mar 23 2018

Cleveland: Humanities Festival

I’m speaking at the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11138 Bellflower Road on “Food Politics in 2018: A Humanities Perspective.” The event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities as part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival.  My talk is at 4:30 p.m.

Mar 21 2018

Berkeley: Edible Education

This is part of UC Berkeley’s Edible Education series run by Alice Waters and Will Rosenzweig.  6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Anderson Auditorium, Haas School of Business.

Mar 19 2018

Berkeley: Conversation with Alice Waters

This is the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s 75th anniversary Dean’s Speaker Series, cosponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute.  It’s a conversation with Alice Waters, at 5:00 p.m. in the David Brower Center, followed by a reception at 7:00.  Details here.

Mar 11 2018

Yokohama: Nobel Prize Dialogue

This is a one-day meeting on the Future of Food.  It’s at the PACIFICO Yokohama, Conference Center Main hall / 301 / 302.  Admission is free.  Talks are in English or with simultaneous translation.  I’m speaking on two panels—one on obesity and the other on healthier lives—in the afternoon.  The other panelists are here.  The schedule should be posted soon.

Feb 21 2018

Albuquerque: Healthy Beverage Summit

I’m giving the keynote to the Notah Begay III Foundation on the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on families in Native American communities.  The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m.  My talk is at 9:30.  The conference is at the Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, NW.  Information about the conference is here.

Jan 18 2018

The Hague: Netherlands Nutrition Centre

I”m keynoting a conference sponsored by this center at De Nieuwe Kerk.  The conference starts at 1:30 and my talk is at 2:05 on “The food environment: the importance of food literacy.”  The conference, which also features Helen Vidgen and Jaap Seidell, is free.  Information is here.

Nov 15 2017

New York: CUNY School of Public Health

I’m giving Grand Rounds at 4:00 p.m. in room 708 Auditorium at the CUNY School of Public health and Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street.  My talk is on “Conflicts of interest and public health research: A debate in need of resolution?”

Nov 3 2017

Brooklyn: Food Loves Tech

I’m on a panel on CRISPR, GMO, or No: Genetics’ Role in the Food Supply moderated by Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.  Fellow panelists: Sam Kass (former Let’s Move chief) and Louisa Burwood-Taylor, AgFunder.  The panel is at 11:30 a.m. at Industry City, 274 36th Street (Subway D, N, R @36th Street).  Information, schedule, and tickets here.

Sep 28 2017

Lausanne: 14th Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium

This symposium is at the Nestlé Research Center.  My talk is Thursday morning, 9:15 a.m. on “Nutrition advocacy in action: the politics of sugar vs. fat.”

Sep 25 2017

Geneva: World Health Organization

I’m giving a talk on my forthcoming (probably not for a year) book, “Buying nutrition science: How food industry sponsorship skews research and harms public health,” at a WHO nutrition seminar, 12:30 – 13:30, Library Meeting Room.

Aug 24 2017

Chautauqua, NY: Chautauqua Institution

I’m speaking at 10:45 on our changing relationship with food.  Details here.

Jul 17 2017

New York: United Nations

I’m moderating a panel in conjunction with the UN High Level Political Forum exploring policies to prevent obesity.  The panel is on “bold actions, bold outcomes: protecting and promoting healthy food environments in the SDGs [Sustainable Develoment Goals].  6:15-7:30 pm, Conference Room B, UN Headquarters. Information is here.

Jun 7 2017

Cambridge: Harvard University

Apr 25 2017

Chicago: American Society for Nutrition

I’m on this panel: History of Nutrition Forum:  History of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 8:00 AM  ̶  10:00 AM, McCormick Place Convention Center, S105A.

Chairs: Lisa Jahns, PhD, and Forrest Nielsen, PhD, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks, ND.

  • History of Federal Dietary Recommendations Prior to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – 1894-1970s, Wendy Davis, USDA-ARS
  • Evolution of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 1980 to 2015, Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, Tufts University
  • Challenges and Controversial issues in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 1980 to 2015, Marion Nestle, PhD, New York University
  • Who Uses Them, and How:  Past Accomplishments and Future Methods for Reaching Targeted Audiences, Suzanne  Murphy, PhD, RD, University of Hawaii at Manoa Cancer Center
Apr 20 2017

NYU: Fales Library

I’m on a panel in the Critical Topics Series at the Fales Library, 3rd Floor Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, 4:00 p.m.  The panel is on “The Food Movement: Now What?”  As usual, Clark Wolf presides.  Here’s the panel info.

Apr 18 2017

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University

I’m speaking to the Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti (CAPE), 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Boyce Thompson Institute on “Food Politics 2017: A Personal View.”


Apr 17 2017

Ithaca NY: Ithaca College

I’m keynoting IC Sustainability Week at 7:00 p.m., Textor Hall 102.

Apr 4 2017

Waltham, MA: Brandeis University

I’m giving a talk in the M.R. Bauer Colloquium Series in the Department of Biology and Neuroscience on “Food Politics: From Science to Advocacy.”  It’s at 12:30 p.m. in Gerstenzang 121.  Free and open to the public.

Mar 29 2017

Colorado Springs: American Journal of Health Promotion

I am giving the keynote talk–“Food Politics: Making it Work for Health Promotion.”–to the conference on the Art and Science of Health Promotion, in the morning session, 9:00 a.m.  It’s at the Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave.

Mar 21 2017

Berkeley: Barbara Weinstock Lecture on the Morals of Trade

The lecture, “Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement,”  is at 4:10 p.m. in the Chevron Auditorium, International House.  Free and open to public.

Mar 3 2017

Cuernavaca, Mexico: 17th Congress on Public Health Research

I am speaking on a panel from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Auditorio Soberón: My talk is on Sugar sweetened beverages: politics, culture and health.  Juan A. Rivera Dommarco, Moderador.  El uso de instrumentos fiscales para incentivar comportamientos saludables: los casos de tabaco y bebidas azucaradas, Frank Chaloupka , Universidad de Illinois, and Efectos de los impuestos a las bebidas azucaradas y los alimentos no básicos con alta densidad energética, Arantxa Colchero , Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública.   Information about the conference is at

Feb 28 2017

Cuernavaca, Mexico: National Institute of Public Health

The fourth in the series:  “Research priorities in nutrition-related policies”  3:00 p.m. Aula Magna room.

Feb 27 2017

Cuernavaca, Mexico: National Institute of Public Health

The third lecture in this series: Conflict of interest in nutrition research, programs. and healthy eating recommendations: how to identify and manage.”  3:00 p.m., Aula Magna room.

Feb 24 2017

Cuernavaca, Mexico: National Institute of Public Health

The second seminar in this series: “Junk food and challenges to generate scientific evidence of their detrimental effects.”  3:00 p.m. , Aula Magna room.

Feb 23 2017

Cuernavaca, Mexico: National Institute of Public Health

This is the first of a series of seminars I am giving as part of my Fulbright Award: “Sugar-sweetened beverages: health policies to reduce their intake.”  3:00 p.m. Aula Magna room.

Feb 22 2017

Miami: Miami-Dade College

I am giving the morning keynote (9:30-10:30 a.m.) at the First Annual Better Food Movement Conference, launching Food Week 2017.  My talk is “Food Politics: From Personal Responsibility to Social Responsibility.”  Chapman Conference Center, Room 3210 Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Bldg 3.

Jan 20 2017

Davos: World Economic Forum

I’m doing a “Hub Session” titled “Ask About: Nutrition.”  This is from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Health Hub, lower level (-1) of the Congress Centre.

Jan 18 2017

Davos: World Economic Forum

This is a dinner panel discussion from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on “healthy people, healthy planet,” Hotel Meierhof restaurant.  The other participants are Sam Kass, Dean Ornish, and Shenggen Fan (of IFPRI).  It’s chaired by Allison Aubrey of NPR News.

Jan 18 2017

Davos: World Economic Forum

I’m giving a talk on “healthy eating: from personal responsibility to politics” from 9;00-9:45 a.m in the Congress Centre, BetaZone.  I will be introduced and interviewed by Dr.  Jeffrey Drazen, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dec 13 2016

New York City: Feeding Gotham

I’m on a panel on the history and future of food policy in New York City at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue at 34th Street, Elebash Recital Hall, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The panel: Gergley Baics (Barnard) will speak about his new book, Feeding Gotham, exploring the deregulation of the city’s public food markets in the early 1800s. I will talk about the late Joy Santlofer’s recent release Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York (for which I wrote the Foreword), and Nick Freudenberg (CUNY Public Health) will discuss food policy issues facing the city. Mark Bittman is moderator.  Co-sponsored by Wellness in the Schools and Green Bronx Machine.

Dec 9 2016

Stockholm: Nobel Week

I’m participating in the 2016 Nobel Week Dialogue at a meeting titled “Your Plate, Our Planet: The Future of Food.”  It takes place at the City Conference Center, Barnhusgatan 12-14, Stockholm, Sweden.

Dec 2 2016

Barrow, AK: Tuzzy Library Talk

Thie venue is the Tuzzy Consortium Library.  This is sponsored by the Arctic Slope Native Association Diabetes Program.  The talk is probably at 7:00 p.m.

Dec 1 2016

Anchorage, AK: Alaska Native Diabetes Conference

I’m speaking for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Diabetes Conference, at 10:45 a.m. at the Captain Cook Hotel.

Nov 20 2016

Cambridge, MA: PAPSAC

I’m speaking briefly at a meeting at the Kennedy institute of the long-standing (this is the 23rd year) Private and Public, Scientific, Academic, and Consumer Food Policy Group.  Time and topic to come.

Nov 18 2016

NYU: Lecture on work in progress

I’m speaking to graduate students and faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies about my current book in progress, tentatively titled “Buying Nutrition Science.”  It’s about the consequences of food-industry funding of nutrition research and practice.  411 Lafayette, 5th floor, large conference room, 3:00-5:00

Nov 17 2016

NYU: Department of Sociology

I’m giving a lunch talk on “Food Politics: Who Decides What You Eat?” to sociology undergraduates in the department’s conference room, room 4156 Puck Building (295 Lafayette, 4th floor) from 12:30-2:00 pm.  Free, open to public.

Nov 10 2016

Brooklyn: MOFAD

I’m speaking at a panel to launch the late Joy Santlofer’s Food City, for which I wrote the Foreword.  This will be at the Museum of Food and Drink, 62 Bayard, Brooklyn.  The panel also includes Joy’s husband, Jonathan Santlofer and Cindy Lobel.  It begins at 6:30.

Nov 1 2016

NYU: Food studies alumni

A celebration of Food City, the book by the late Joy Santlofer, alumna and former adjunct, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at NYU’s Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place.  Brief remarks from Jennifer Berg and Jonathan Santlofer (and me).  Free.

Oct 28 2016

Washington DC: Smithsonian

I’m doing a panel discussion on The Politics of Food at the Smithsonian’s food history weekend.  The panel will be moderated by Dan Charles of NPR.  Warren Belasco and Adrian Miller are co-panelists.   This will be at the National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater.  Time: 9:45 a.m.  Registration: free.

Oct 20 2016

Paris, France: Unigrains conference

I will be participating in a roundtable discussion at a conference on “Agriculture: Exploring the Fields of Tomorrow,” sponsored by the agricultural investment firm, Unigrains.  My panel, on  Food: Leading the way to health., is at 4:30 p.m. at the College des Bernadins, 20 rue de Poissy.

Oct 6 2016

Pittsburgh: Women for a Healthy Environment

I’m speaking at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in the morning.  Details to come.

Sep 30 2016

New York, NYU: Public Health Nutrition

I’m giving a talk about nutrition in public health for NYU public health nutrition and other students and interested parties.  A panel will follow.  This starts at noon.  Kimball Hall (Greene @ Waverly) ground floor.

Sep 26 2016

New York: Benefit for FERN

I’m speaking at a fundraising dinner for the Food and Environment Reporting Network at 6:30 at Haven’s Kitchen, 109 West 17th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues).


Sep 24 2016

Turin, Italy: Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016

I’m chairing a session for the Terra Madre Forum at 4:30 at Torino Esposizioni, Corso Massimo D’Azeglio, Room Aula Viola.

Sep 23 2016

Turin, Italy: Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016

I’m participating in a panel with Corby Kummer and José Bové at this event.  Carignano Theater on Piazza Carignano 6 .  2:00 p.m.

Sep 20 2016

New York: Book chat about Soda Politics

I’m doing a Behind the Plate interview from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Foodstand, 115 5th Ave (between 18th and 19th), 6th floor.  This is in partnership with the NYC Food Policy Center and Sweetgreen.  Information about tickets is here.

Jul 20 2016

Getxo, Spain: Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy

I will be giving the keynote address at this conference.  My talk is at 3:00 p.m. on Soda Politics.  The conference takes place at the Hotel Igeretxe, Lugar Muelle Ereaga, 3002, Getxo, Bizkaia (near Bilbao).

Jun 21 2016

Tel Aviv, Israel: Conference on Sustainable Food Systems

This is at the second day of the conference on Sustainable Food Systems, sponsored by The Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security at Tel Aviv University, the Israeli Forum for Sustainable Nutrition, and NYU’s Global Research Initiatives.   The meeting is at Bar Shira Hall at Tel Aviv University (directions are here).  The meeting is free.  For information and registration, click here.  I am being interviewed on stage by reporter Miki Haimovitch from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.  In preparation, I was interviewed by Haaretz (in Hebrew, click here).

Jun 20 2016

Tel Aviv, Israel: Conference on Sustainable Food Systems

This is a conference on Sustainable Food Systems, sponsored by The Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security at Tel Aviv University, the Israeli Forum for Sustainable Nutrition, and NYU’s Global Research Initiatives.  My keynote talk is in the session on food ethics, policy, and politics at 11:20 a.m.  The meeting is at Bar Shira Hall at Tel Aviv University (directions are here).  The meeting is free.  For information and registration, click here.

Jun 8 2016

New York: CUNY Macaulay Honors College

I’m giving the graduation address at commencement, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher) at Lincoln Center, 4:00 p.m.  Here’s the press release.

Jun 1 2016

New York: Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

This is a talk for Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds: “Food Politics and Public Health: Dietary Guidelines, Sodas, and Conflicts of Interest.  The lecture starts at noon.  It’s at 17 East 102nd St, conference room D5-122 (5th floor, West side, CAM building).

May 12 2016

New York: NYU’s Steinhardt School

I’m greeting doctoral graduates on behalf of the faculty at the Skirball Center, 3:00 p.m.

Apr 28 2016

Binghamton, NY: SUNY Binghamton

Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Soda Politics, followed by book signing.  Conversation facilitated by Dean Laura Bronstein.  University Downtown Center, Room 220.  This is sponsored by the College of Community and Public Affairs Non-Credit Courses, Programs and Events > Institute for Multigenerational Studies.

Apr 27 2016

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University

Lecture on Soda Politics at the Mann Library, seminar room 160, 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments served and books available for purchase.  For more information, visit

Apr 20 2016

NYU: Fales Library

I’m on a panel with Julian Armstrong (author Made in Quebec) and Jeffrey Yoskowitz (Gefilte Manifesto), moderated by Clark Wolf on “Food Studies: 20 Years In: What Do We Know, What Can We Know, What Should We Know?”  4:00 p.m., Bobst Library, 3rd floor.

Apr 20 2016

Long Branch, NJ: WEforum on Women’s Health and Wellness

I’m giving the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. to this event sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center and Barnabas Health: “The food revolution: the cost of cheap food.”   It’s at the Ocean Place Spa and Resort, 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, and will be followed by Q and A and book signing.

Apr 18 2016

NYU: Fair Food Fest

This is a panel discussion on urban agriculture with Nadia Johnson from Just Food. George Reis from NYU’s gardening program, and Mike Hollis from Serving the Underserved.  The moderator is Natalie Petrulla.  7:00 p.m. in Eisner & Lubin auditorium, Kimmel Center, 4th floor.  Free.

Apr 13 2016

Mexico City: Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria

This is a lecture on Soda Politics at the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles, Camino Santa Teresa No. 187, Col. Parques del Pedregal Delegación Tlalpan, C.P. 14010 Mexico City.  Access to the auditorium begins 5:45 pm (valet parking is available).  Free and open to public, but click here for registration and information.

Apr 11 2016

NYU: Chefs Collaborative Summit

The 2016 Chefs Collaborative Summit takes place April 10-12 at NYU.  I’m on the keynote welcome panel at 8:30 a.m., along with Kim Severson of the New York Times and Sara Brito of Chefs Collaborative (see schedule).  For ticket information see here.

Apr 7 2016

Hempstead, NY: Hofstra University

Keynote lecture as part of the Master of Public Health program’s event for National Public Health Week.   9:00 a.m., informal breakfast. 9:30 a.m., lecture followed by a book signing. Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.

Apr 3 2016

Los Angeles: International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP)

I’m doing Keynote Session #2 at the IACP annual conference, April 1-3.  It’s at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 N Highland Ave in Hollywood (Phone: 323-856-1200).  My panel is from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on “Good Food May Equal Good Health, But It’s Not a Simple Equation.”  My fellow panelists include Ellie Krieger and Michael Greger, MD, FACLM.

Mar 30 2016

Kearney, NE: University of Nebraska

This is for the Marineau symposium on the Morality of Capitalism: Sustainable Agriculture Versus Industrial Agriculture, followed by a reception and book signing.  My keynote lecture, “Taking on Big Soda (and Winning): Lessons for Advocates,” is at 7:00 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room, Nebraskan Student Union.

Mar 24 2016

NYU: Wagner Food Policy Alliance

I’m on a panel on Ethics, Advocacy, and Transparency in Food, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  35 West 4th Street, room 1080.

Other panelists are Gustavo Setrini, John Gershman, and Dale Johnson.  Should be fun.  It’s free.  Come!

Mar 21 2016

Athens, Ohio: Ohio University

Lecture and book signing, 7:30 p.m. in the Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. This is through The Kennedy Lecture Series.
Admission is free; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Mar 8 2016

Sydney: Seminar

Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, 6th Floor Conference room, noon.  The title is “Food Politics: An Unexpected Career (and its Consequences).

Mar 1 2016

Sydney: Sydney Ideas Festival

This is the Nicholas Catchlove Lecture, Sydney Ideas Festival, co-presented with the Charles Perkins Centre : “Soda Politics in the US: Lessons from the food movement.” It’s at 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, 
Johns Hopkins Drive, University of Sydney (see venue location).  Free and open to all with online registration requested.  For information and registration, click here.

Feb 24 2016

Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne

This is a public lecture sponsored by the Faculty of Veterinary and Medical Sciences on “Soda Politics: Food and Health Advocacy in Action, from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.  It’s in MSD-B117 (Theatre) Building:Melbourne School of Design, Masson Road. For details, click here.  The podcast and slides are here.

Feb 22 2016

Melbourne, Australia: Deakin University

I’m speaking on a panel at a conference on “Current and future priorities for food policy,” from 2-5 pm. at the Deakin University Burwood Corporate Centre.  This is located at the Deakin University Burwood Rd Campus, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood. The corporate centre is, on level 2 of Building BC (refer to map).  For information and registration, click here.


Jan 27 2016

Sydney: Nutrition Society of Australia

This is a talk on Soda Politics, 4:00 p.m., University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre, Level 6 seminar room.  For information and reservations, click here.



Jan 18 2016

Auckland: University of Auckland

This is a noon seminar on Soda Politics for the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki Campus, Building 730, Room 220.

Dec 16 2015

Geneva: World Health Organization

This is a nutrition seminar, chaired by Francesco Branca, director of nutrition for health and development, WHO.  It’s on Soda Politics: taking on big soda (and winning) – a guide for advocates.  11:00 – 12:00, Library meeting room

Dec 14 2015

New York: New York City Food Policy Center

This is one of a series on Food Policy for Breakfast, moderated by Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health and Hunter College, Faculty Director, NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College.  My seminar, on Soda Politics, will be at the CUNY School of Public Health, 7th Floor Auditorium, 55 West 125th Street, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am but arrive earlier for open networking.  For more information, see the Food Policy Center website.


Nov 30 2015

New York: In Defense of Food—Film and Conversation

This is a screening of Michael Pollan’s new documentary, “In Defense of Food” at NYU’s Skirball Center for Performing Arts, at 6:30.  It’s followed by a panel discussion with me, Pollan, director michael Schwarz, and writer Ed Gray.  Krishnendu Ray will moderate.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for NYU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and may be purchased online at or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12–6 p.m. The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South.

Nov 20 2015

New York: NYU Experimental Cuisine Collective

This group meets monthly to explore the science of food.  I will be talking about the science and politics behind Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), 5:30-7:30 p.m., location and registration details to come.

Nov 18 2015

New York: NYU Bookstore

I’m talking about Soda Politics at the NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway (@ Waverly, just south of the Astor Place N, R subway stop).  6:00 p.m.  Books will be available for signing.  Here’s the flier for the event.

Nov 16 2015

New York: Culinary Historians

This is a panel on the newly published Savoring Gotham.  It’s titled Celebrating the Making of the Definitive Companion to New York City’s Food.  The panel: Jennifer Schiff Berg, Hasia Diner, Krishnendu Ray, Meryl Rosofsky, Daniel Bowman Simon, and me, introduced by Cathy Kaufman.  Registration starts at 6:30, the panel at 7:00.  411 Lafayette, 5th Floor.

Nov 13 2015

New York: New York City Nutrition Education Network

I am speaking about Soda Politics at a conference titled Make Real Change: Nutrition Educators as Advocates, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (registration begins at 8:30 AM).  My talk starts at 11:20 a.m.  New School, Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th Street.


Nov 10 2015

Oxford, OH: Miami University

My talk is titled “Soda Politics: Food and Health Advocacy in Action.”  It is at 5:00 p.m. followed by a reception.   Details to follow.

Nov 6 2015

San Francisco: Commonwealth Club

I’m speaking about Soda Politics at noon.  The moderator is Alice Huan-mei Chen, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Health Network.  The Commonwealth Club is at 555 Post St., San Francisco, 2nd floor. For information and tickets (free to members), click here.

Nov 5 2015

Corte Madera, CA: Book Passage

Book Passage is at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.  I’ll be talking about Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), answering questions, and signing books.  This starts at 7:00 p.m.  Free and open to public.

Nov 4 2015

Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Food Institute

This is Soda Politics Book Launch: An Evening with Marion Nestle. Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 – 7pm, Goldman Theater, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.  Introduced by Marion Standish, Vice President, Enterprise Programs, The California Endowment.Free and open to the public. Registration highly recommended. Register here.


Nov 3 2015

Seattle: Town Hall

I’m giving a talk on “How to Beat ‘Big Soda’ Companies,” 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Great Hall.  Tickets are $5.  Doors open: 6:30 pm.  Details and tickets here.
Oct 29 2015

New York: NYU Fales Library

This is a panel discussion chaired by Clark Wolf as part of the Fales Critical Topics in Food series.  The panel is on Cooking Big Food: The Fight for Better Eating.  Other panelists are Antonio Biagi, Founder AB Biagi Cafe, Gelato & Sorbet, and Nicole Civita of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems at Sterling College (there may be more to come).  4:00 p.m.  Free.  Fales is on the 3rd floor of the Bobst Library at NYU, 70 Washington Square South.  rsvp requested:

Oct 26 2015

New York: The Next Big Bite

The women’s food organization, Les Dames d’Escoffier, is sponsoring a panel discussion: The Next Big Bite: What You will Cook, Eat and Crave in 2016.  It’s from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), 225 Liberty Street at Brookfield Place.. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

The panel is moderated by Rozanne Gold, and includes Amanda Cohen, chef/owner, Dirt Candy; Amanda Hesser, co-founder/CEO, Food52; Mimi Sheraton, food critic and writer, and me.

Admission is $65 ($35 for students); tickets are available at For further information, click here: Join the conversation at #TheNextBigBite.

Oct 22 2015

New York: New America Foundation

An Open Markets event
6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Civic Hall
156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor
Copies of Marion Nestle’s Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) will be available for purchase.
Join the conversation by following @NewAmericaNYC and using #NANYC.

Oct 7 2015

Washington, DC: Busboys & Poets

Busboys & Poets is at 14th and V (flagship store), 2021 14th St, NW, in DC.  I’m speaking about Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) at 6:00 p.m., followed by Q and A and book signing.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, click here.


Oct 6 2015

New York: Fales Library, NYU

This is the semi-official launch of Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).  I’ll talk at 5:00, followed by a Q and A and a book signing.  The event is sponsored by the James Beard Foundation’s Enlightened Eaters program, the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) and Slow Food NYC .

Fales is on the 3rd floor of the Bobst Library at NYU, 70 Washington Square South.  The event is free but donations to the food studies library collection are welcome.

To RSVP or find more information about the event please visit:

Oct 3 2015

Boston: The Boston Globe’s Let’s Talk About Food Festival

This is an all-day series of talks on food in Copley Square, 560 Boylston.  I’m on from 1:10 to 2:10 on the Sweet Main Stage with chef Brian Mercury, Ricardo Salvador of Union of Concerned Scientists, and emcee Corby Kummer, talking about Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).  I’ll be in the author’s tent for the next hour signing books.

Oct 2 2015

Boston: The Kitchen at Boston Public Market

I’m doing the first talk on Soda Politics at The Kitchen, 6 Congress Street, noon to 1:00.  Brown bag lunch: Let’s Talk About Food.  Free.

Sep 24 2015

NYU: The Steinhardt School’s 125th birthday celebration

In honor of the 125th anniversary of what is now called the Steinhardt School, I’m speaking on a panel on “why we eat what we eat.”  7:00 p.m.  Greenberg Lounge
Vanderbilt Hall (the law school), 40 Washington Square South.  A reception will follow.  Watch the Livestream.

The other panelists are Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University and Gordon Shepherd, Professor of Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine.  The panel is moderated by Krishnendu Ray, Associate Professor of Food Studies, NYU Steinhardt.

Jul 2 2015

New York: National Archives

I’m sitting at a table chatting about my books at the National Archives’ traveling exhibit, What’s Cooking Uncle Sam, 2nd floor Rotunda, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House building, One Bowling Green.  Come keep me company.  12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Jun 28 2015

Runoff: film and panel discussion


Here’s a trailer

And here’s what the Village Voice says about it

May 12 2015

Milan: Food EXPO

I’m speaking at the U.S. Pavilion from 4:00 to 5:00 on the terrace: Cooking Up Change—The American Food Movement.  Admission is free once you are in the Expo.

May 8 2015

Bologna: GustoLab

This is an informal discussion with people connected with GustoLab, an academic program on food and culture in Italy.  I will be speaking on “Food Politics 2015: Issues and Controversies.”  10:30 a.m.

May 7 2015

Rome: Pediatric Department of La Sapienza University

This will be at the Pediatric Department of La Sapienza University (Policlinico Umberto I) Aula Magna Pediatric Department, Viale Regina Margherita 324.  The talk, at 10:00 a.m. is on ”Food Politics 2015: Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility.”

May 5 2015

Piacenza: Agrisystem, Catholic University of Milan

The talk is for the doctoral program, Agrisystem, at the Universita’ Cattolica, Facolta’ di Agraria, Sala Convegni G. Piana, Via Emilia Parmense 89.  For some bizarre reason, they have asked me to talk about “Is the Paleo diet healthy?”t  For this audience, I would rather talk about agricultural policies, and will.

May 4 2015

Turin: Circolo dei Lettori

I’m speaking on “What’s happening in the US: American Food and World’s Future Nutrition Challenges” at Circolo dei Lettori, Via Bogino, 9, at 18:30.  Details here.

Apr 24 2015

Irvine, CA: National Consortium for Building Health Communities

This Summit is at UC Irvine on April 23 and 24.   My keynote talk is “What to Eat: Sensible Food Choices in an Era of Dietary Confusion” at 10:00 a.m.  for information, click here.

Apr 20 2015

Richmond, VA: Weight of the State

I’m keynoting Virginia’s 4th Weight of the State conference  on childhood obesity prevention, April 20-21, 2015, Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump.  Register here.

My talk is at 3:30 p.m.

Apr 19 2015

New York: Cornelia Street Cafe

This is part of the Fork it Over talk series at 6:00 p.m. at the Cafe, 29 Cornelia between 4th and Bleecker

Apr 16 2015

Chapel Hill, NC: Gillings School of Public Health

This is the keynote 47th Annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture at the Friday Center for Continuing Education (100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill).  It’s at 6:00 pm followed by a Reception and Book Signing.  Free and open to the public. Register to attend here.

Apr 11 2015

New York: Gotham on a Plate

I’m moderating a panel at this conference (See schedule).  It’s at 11:45am-1:00pm

The Power of the Public Plate: Policy and Procurement

Food has come to the forefront in the political debates in New York City. Issues ranging from food security to school food, from health to availability are the object of analysis and reflection, as the mayoral debate about food policy that took place at The New School in 2013 demonstrates. What is the future of food in the city? Who are the actors involved? What’s the role of civil society in determining what New Yorkers will have access to, and how?

Speakers: Barbara Turk, Eric Goldstein, Jan Poppendieck, Thomas Forster



Apr 1 2015

New York: Columbia School of Public Health

Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health: “Food Politics 2015: From Personal Responsibility to Policy Advocacy,”  This is the opening talk in a month-long series of lectures on obesity prevention.  4:00-5:30 Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168th Street.  Free and open to the public.


Mar 26 2015

Washington, DC: Washington Post conference on Changing the Menu

The conference is at the Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street, SW.  Information is here.  My on-stage interview is in the morning.

Mar 13 2015

Santa Rosa, CA: McDougall’s Health and Medical Center

This is an evening lecture/keynote on food politics at the McDougall’s Advanced Study Weekend,  Flamingo Resort, 2777 4th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Feb 24 2015

Oakland, CA: Eat Drink Politics

Women in Leadership: Dynamic Career Paths in the Food Movement | Eat Drink Politics

I’m on a panel with Michele Simon and Nina Ichikawa

When: Tuesday February 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Impact Hub Oakland (Omi Gallery) 2323 Broadway, Oakland (donations at door welcome)
RSVPs appreciated. Email: or on Facebook

Feb 19 2015

Hastings, NE: Hastings College

My presentation in the Hastings College Artists Lecture Series National is “Food Politics 2015: Beyond the Farm Bill.”  It is at 7:30 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Feb 10 2015

Berkeley, CA: Graduate School of Journalism

I’m giving a lecture on “food politics in the age of health care reform” at 7:00 p.m., Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC  Berkeley campus, followed by Q and A.  This is part of a lecture series sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy for the joint master’s program in public health and journalism.  Free and open to the public.

Feb 2 2015

Berkeley, CA: Edible Education 101

This is part of a Monday night, 6:30-8:30, series of lectures on food and farming.  Mine is titled “Linking Farm Policy to Health Policy in the Global Economy.”  Garrison Sposito is speaking during the first hour.  I will speak during the second hour.  This is at the Sibley Auditorium (in the Bechtel engineering building) on the Berkeley Campus (free, but tickets required).

Nov 11 2014

Pocantico Hills, NY: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

This is the NY Times Food for Tomorrow conference.  I’m speaking at 1:45 on healthy eating.

Oct 27 2014

New York: James Beard Foundation

I’m speaking at the annual food conference, details to come.  Convene Conference Center 730 3rd Ave.

Oct 16 2014

Craftsbury Common, VT: Sterling College

This will be a public lecture with details to be arranged.

Oct 10 2014

Jackson Hole, WY: St John’s Medical Center

I’m giving a talk on “Eat, Drink, Vote: What to Eat, What to Feed Your Kids, and How It Affects Your Community.”  This is part of FoodSHIFT, a sustainable foodfest.  It will be at the Center for the Arts at 5:00 pm.  For details, click here.

Oct 2 2014

Mexico City: Alianza for la Salud Alimentaria

Details in the poster

Oct 1 2014

Mexico City: Encumex

This is a keynote address to an event organized by Encumex at the Banamex Center Auditorium on “Food politics 2014: the implications of obesity for health policy, personal choice, and corporate responsibility.  It’s at 9:00 a.m.

Sep 9 2014

Elon, NC: Elon University

I’m speaking at Elon University’s Liberal Arts Forum at the McCrary Theater, Center for the Arts at 7:30 pm, on “Food Politics 2014: Beyond the Farm Bill.”

Aug 26 2014

New York: Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

This is a talk on “fortification of condiments and seasonings: public health vs. marketing” from 11:45-12:15.  This World Health Organization consultation is on “fortification of condiments and seasonings with vitamins and minerals in public health: from proof of concept to scaling up.”

May 1 2014

New York: Pen World Voices Festival

Panel discussion on GLOBAL FOOD: Over the Edge.  The other panelists: Lester Brown, Robert L Paarlberg, and Frederick Kaufman.

NOTE NEW VENUE: NYU Silver Center, Jurow Hall, 31 Washington Place, 7:00 p.m.

For tickets and information click here.

For more information, click here.

Apr 17 2014

Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University McCoy Ethics Center

My lecture is sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics and Society:  “Advocacy for Healthier Food Systems: From Clicks to Occupy.”  7:30 p.m. at Cubberley Auditorium.  For more information, click here.

Apr 15 2014

Washington, DC: George Washington University Urban Food Task Force

This is a public lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium on “Food Politics: From Personal to Social Responsibility.”

This is followed by a session in José Andres’ course, “World on a Plate,” from 4:00 to 5:20 (I’m speaking on food politics and corporate responsibility with professor John Forrer), followed by a reception at the President’s House.

Apr 8 2014

Montclair, NJ: Montclair State

I’m speaking at the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at 6:00 p.m.  on food politics, with a book signing to follow.  It’s in University Hall Conference Center, 1 Normal Avenue in Montclair.  Free and open to public.

Mar 30 2014

New York: Cherry Bombe Jubilee

Cherry Bombe magazine is hosting a jubilee conference celebrating women in the world of food.  It’s at the High Line hotel on 10th Ave and 21st street.  My talk is on food politics at about 2:30 p.m.

Mar 25 2014

NYU: Alumni Speaker on the Square

I’ll be talking about–and showing pictures from—my book, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.  Kimmel Center (Washington Square South), Eisner & Lubin auditorium, 6:30 p.m.  Open to the public.  For information, click here.

Mar 19 2014

Redlands, CA: University of Redlands

My lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by a book signing.  It’s in the Orton Center on campus.  Free and open to the public.


Mar 18 2014

Charlotte: University of North Carolina

I’m giving the TIAA-CREF Distinguished Lecture at 7:00 p.m. at the Center City Campus, 320 East 9th Street.  Its title is “Food Politics: From Personal Responsibility to Policy Advocacy.”  It’s followed by a book signing and reception and is open to the public.

Mar 15 2014

Newark: Newark Museum

This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10.  The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license.  We never made it.  The lecture is on food politics.  It starts at 2:00 p.m..  Free and open to the public.   The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street.   This time, I’ll take the PATH.

Mar 13 2014

Washington, DC: United States Healthful Food Council

I’m giving the keynote address at this organization’s Real Food Innovator Awards Gala.

It’s from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire, NW

Feb 26 2014

NYU: Residential Life & Housing Services

NYU’s Department of Residential Life is showing the film A Place at the Table at 10:00 a.m. at the Palladium Residence Hall in the Multipurpose Room (3rd floor behind the cafeteria) at 140 East 14th Street.    I’ll be speaking about the issues it raises after the showing.

Feb 20 2014

New York: CUNY School of Public Health

I’m doing a panel discussion to celebrate the release of Nick Freudenberg’s new book, Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health.  It’s at the Skylight Room, 9th Floor, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The other panelists are Nick Freudenberg and Laura Berry, director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. It’s free and open to the public but reservations are recommended.

Feb 13 2014

POSTPONED: NYU: Alumni Speaker on the Square

I’ll be talking about–and showing pictures from—my book, Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.  Kimmel Center (Washington Square South), Eisner & Lubin auditorium, 6:30 p.m.  Open to the public.

Because of snow, this is cancelled for tonight and postponed until March 25.

Dec 13 2013

Ithaca: Cornell University celebration of the career of Per Pinstrup-Andersen

New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen.  Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater.  The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m.  For the schedule and details, click here.

My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”

Dec 5 2013

Washington, DC: CQ Roll Call and Hooks Books

I’m going to do a talk (with slides) and sign copies of Eat Drink Vote, 6 to 8 p.m.  The event is sponsored by CQ Roll Call and Hooks Books.  It’s at Roll Call headquarters- 77 K Street NE, 8th floor.  Public event.  Register here.

Dec 4 2013

Washington, DC: University Club Author Night and Book Fair

This is the 24th Annual University Club “Meet the Author Night and Book Fair” with lots of authors.  University Club of DC- 1135 16th Street, NW, 5 to 8 p.m., open to public.  I’ll be there for hours, so come by and say hello.


Dec 3 2013

Washington, DC: Politics and Prose at the MLK Library

I’m doing a reading and book signing of Eat, Drink, Vote for Politics and Prose (Washington, DC’s terrific bookstore).  But it’s not at the bookstore.  It’s at the MLK Library – 901 G St NW,  7 – 9 p.m., open to public and free.  



Nov 14 2013

NYU: Bookstore reading, Eat, Drink, Vote

I’m doing a reading and signing of Eat, Drink, Vote at the NYU Bookstore, 746 Broadway @ Waverly, 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For details, click here.

Nov 12 2013

Boston: Harvard Medical School & Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University

I’m giving the 27th Annual Fae Golden Kass lecture for women in the medical sciences.  4:00 p.m. This is at the Carl E. Walter Amphitheater, Tosteson Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA.  Book Signing and Reception to follow.

Nov 7 2013

Ithaca NY: Buffalo Street Books

A reading and book signing of Eat, Drink, Vote, 6:00 p.m.  215 North Cayuga Street.  Free. (phone 607 273 8246 for information.

Nov 5 2013

Ithaca NY: Graduate Seminar in Food Science, Cornell

Lecture to students 4:00 p.m. on food politics and the industry’s responsibility for solving problems of obesity.

Nov 3 2013

Boston: American Public Health Association

This is a book signing for Eat, Drink, Vote at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, at the APHA Press booth #935 in exhibits at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, at 4:00 p.m.

Oct 30 2013

New York: James Beard House

This will be a presentation of Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics, published the day before.  The talk is in the Enlighted Eaters series.  It’s at noon at the James Beard House, 167 W 12th St.

Oct 27 2013

New York: The Future of Food at the Public Theater

This is a discussion on the Future of Food.  The idea of doing this arises from issues raised in Grasses of a Thousand Colors, a play by Wallace Shawn presented by the Theater for a New Audience at the Public Theater.  The director is Shawn’s long-time collaborator and dinner partner, André Gregory.   Wallace Shawn stars in the production, which also features actors Julie Hagerty Emily Cass McDonnell, and Jennifer Tilly.

The discussion takes place after the Sunday matinee at about 5:30 p.m.  I will be speaking with Elissa Altman, author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking (Chronicle 2013).

Oct 23 2013

New York: Society of Illustrators

I’m doing a conversation about Eat, Drink, Vote with cartoonists Jeff Danziger and Signe Wilkinson from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  For information and tickets, click here.

Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)

Tel: (212) 838-2560

Oct 19 2013

Corte Madera, CA: Book Passage

I’m doing a reading and signing of Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics, at Book Passage, 11:00 a.m.

Book Passage is at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd in Corte Madera.  For further information, click here.


Oct 18 2013

Berkeley: Center for Global Public Health Annual Symposium

Keynote on symposium theme: Nutrition from Science to Policy.  Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall,  UC Berkeley, 9:10 a.m.

Oct 15 2013

San Francisco: Commonwealth Club

I’m appearing in a conversation with Narsai David, Food and Wine Editor, KCBS Radio, at 6:00 p.m.

The Commonwealth Club is at 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor.  Order tickets here.


Oct 10 2013

Newark NJ: Newark Museum

Lecture on “Food Politics: The Perfect Storm” in the Museum’s Generation Fit series.  6:30 – 7:30, followed by book signing.  The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street.  The event is free and open to the public.

Before heading over to Newark, I’m participating in a panel discussion at the Fales Library at NYU (70 Washington Square South) on “24/7 Food: The New Role of Food
in American Life,” moderated by Clark Wolf.  Other panelists are Matthew DerrPresident, Sterling College; Kim Hastreiter, Paper Magazine; and Allen Salkin, Author, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network.


Oct 3 2013

Berrien Springs MI: Andrews University

The McElmurry Lectureship on the Ethics of Eating, 7:30 p.m. at Andrews U.  Here’s student reporter Tim Huck’s take on it.

Sep 26 2013

Lancaster, PA: Franklin & Marshall College

Common hour talk to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute leadership academy for undergraduates, 11:30 a.m.  Here’s a report.  And here’s the video of the lecture.

Sep 20 2013

Mexico City: Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria

I’m doing a dialogue (Q and A) at 1:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, Paseo de la Reforma No. 500, Col. Juárez.  Open to public. 
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Sep 20 2013

Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana

Opening address to the 70th anniversary symposium on poverty, inequality, and welfare policies, 9:00 a.m.

Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma 880  Lomas de Santa Fe, 01219 Mexico City, Federal District.

Sep 4 2013

New York City: Union Square Greenmarket

Wednesday, September 4 is the launch of Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.  I will be signing books at the Union Square Greenmarket from noon to 1:30.

Aug 23 2013

Munich: Biennial Conference of the European Society for Environmental History

Keynote talk on the conference theme, sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society: Circulating Natures: Water, Food, Energy.  Ludwig-Maximillian University, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 7:00 p.m.

Jul 17 2013

New York: Mayoral Candidate Forum on Food, Agriculture, Nutrition & Hunger


I am moderating a forum for candidates for Mayor of New York City at The New School’s Tishman auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.  It runs from 6 – 8 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.).

The Forum is co-hosted by the Brooklyn Food Coalition, City Harvest, Food Bank For New York City, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Food Studies program at The New School for Public Engagement, Food Systems Network NYC, Hunger Action Network NYS, Just Food, New York City Coalition Against Hunger, New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, NRDC Action Fund, and Public Health Solutions.

These are joined by about 70 partner organizations, and the list is growing.

I get to ask the questions.  What fun!

The forum will be live streamed over the Internet. Click here for additional details.

Jun 27 2013

New Haven: International Festival of Arts & Ideas

My lecture on the politics of food is at 5:30pm at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street.  It’s free, no tickets required – just show up!   Information about the two-week festival is here.
Jun 20 2013

Long Beach, CA: Childhood Obesity Conference

This will be the closing keynote to the 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, sponsored by the California Department of Public Health, UC Berkeley, the Atkins Center for Weight and Health, the California Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente, and the California Endowment.

It’s at about 11:30 a.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center.

Jun 18 2013

Seattle: Queen Anne United Methodist Church

This is one of a series of lectures at The Well on Food, Faith, and Planet.

Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 5th Ave West, Seattle.

My talk on the farm bill and SNAP is at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary, followed by Q and A and a book signing.

It requires tickets.  Get them here.

May 31 2013

New York: World Science Festival

I’m participating in a panel discussion on “The Science of Food: From Geek to Chic” (not sure which category I’m supposed to be in) with Harold McGee, Anne McBride, and Maxime Bilet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street.


May 30 2013

NYU: Fales Library

Food Politics: The Politics of Food, 10 Years Later.  Panel discussion with Corby Kummer (The Atlantic), Maricel Presilla (restaurateur and author), and Katy Sparks, restaurateur.  Hosted by Clark Wolf.

4:00 p.m. NYU Bobst Library, 3rd Floor, 70 Washington Square South.  Admission free but RSVP:

May 18 2013

San Francisco: Omnivore Books

I’m doing a bookstore reading at 3:00 p.m. on the tenth anniversary edition of Food Politics, out May 1.  Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St (between 26th and 27th, @ Church)

May 16 2013

Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium

I am participating in a Q and A during the Aquarium’s annual Sustainable Foods Institute.

May 4 2013

Brooklyn: Food Book Fair

For information about this event, click here.  I’m doing a panel on food systems at 10:30 a.m., followed by a book signing (the new expanded edition of Food Politics with a Foreword by Michael Pollan).

Apr 18 2013

NYU: The Fales Library

Apr 13 2013

New York: Lycee Francais de New York

I’m doing a panel at a conference on Living with Two Languages: The Advantages of Being Bilingual (which I, alas, am not).  My panel is at 2:30.  For information about the conference, click here.

Apr 9 2013

Columbus, OH: Capital University

I’m giving a 7:00 p.m. lecture on how science and politics affect the food system, followed by Q and A and a book signing.  It’s at Mess Hall, Capital U, 1 College and Main.  Open to public.

Mar 21 2013

Pocantino Hills, NY: Stone Barns Summit for Sustainable Food Service

I’m on a panel at 4:00 to discuss a case study on Revolution Foods.  Information about the Summit is here.

Mar 19 2013

Grand Rapids, MI: Michigan Nutrition Network

My keynote address is titled “What to Eat: Sensible Food Choices in an Era of Dietary Confusion.”  It’s at 9:15 a.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  At 10:45, I’m conducting a workshop on the same title, “Best Practices.”

Mar 16 2013

Santa Barbara, CA: Edible Communities

This is the keynote to the annual meeting of Edible Communities Publications, the group that brings us Edible Brooklyn, Edible Finger Lakes, and more than 50 other Edible Magazines.  My talk is at 9:00 a.m.

Feb 14 2013

New York University: Wagner Research Colloquium

I will be speaking from 12:30 to 2:00.  Details to follow.

Feb 12 2013

New York: Mid-Manhattan Library

I’m speaking on Why Calories Count in conjunction with the Lunch Hour exhibit.  The lecture will be at 6:30 pm, on the 6th floor.  The Library is at 455 5th Ave @ 40th street.  Free and open to the public.

Jan 29 2013

New York: Joan H. Tisch Public Health Forum

This is a panel discussion moderated by Corby Kummer on “Can city food policies reduce disparities?  Lessons from New York and London.”  The other panelists are Sue Atkinson, the Joan H. Tisch distinguished fellow in public health at Hunter College and former director of public health London; Thomas Farley, Commissioner NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Derek Yach, Senior vice president, The Vitality Group.

It’s at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th (betw. Park and Madison)

Reception 5:00 p.m.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Attendance is free but RSVP required: 212-650-3174 or online.

Nov 13 2012

Syracuse: Syracuse University

University lecture, Hendricks Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Nov 8 2012

Philadelphia: Drexel University

This is a talk in the Food and Public Health series of the Center for Environmental Policy’s Bicentennial: “Food Issues in the US as connected to public health, the environment, and sustainability.”   6:30 p.m.  Not sure yet about location.

Oct 29 2012

San Francisco: American Public Health Association

My presentation is at 10:30 a.m. in a panel discussionon “Snack food and beverage industry and global noncommunicable chronic disease.”  I’m doing “Food industry influences on international health policy: an overview/”

Oct 26 2012

Los Angeles: Loyola Marymount University

I’m speaking on “From Agriculture to Public Health: Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility” at 6:00 p.m. in the Hilton Business Center (Hilton 100), 1 LMU Drive.  A podcast is available here.

Oct 23 2012

Lexington, KY: Transylvania University

This is the fall Kenan lecture: “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health.”  7:30 p.m., Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center.  Free and open to the public.

Oct 20 2012

New York: Institute for Integrative Nutrition

This one is “Food Politics: Personal vs. Social Responsibility” at 11:30 a.m.  at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th and Broadway.  Contact IIN for information.

Oct 19 2012

NYU: NYU Center for Bioethics

 My talk is titled “Ethical Issues in Food & Nutrition.”  It’s at 5 Washington Place, Auditorium Room 101, from 4:45-6:30 pm.
Reception to follow.

Here’s one review of it.

Oct 5 2012

NYU: Paduano Symposium in Business Ethics

This is at NYU’s Stern School of Business, 40 West 4th Street, NYC 10012, Tisch Hall Room UC 19,1:20 pm-2:40 pm: “Food Politics: Does the Food Industry Have a Role in Preventing Obesity?”

Sep 6 2012

Ithaca: Cornell’s Mann Library

A talk on Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, 4:00 p.m. Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room (Rm. 160). open to the public.  The talk is on video on the Mann Library’s site and also on YouTube.



Jul 25 2012

Breckenridge, CO: Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)

My Distinguished Speaker lecture is “Kids, diets, and health: the politics of school food.”  It’s at 3:30 p.m. in Beaver Run, CoppertopII.

The lecture is online on the CASE website.

Jul 18 2012

Washington DC: Congressional briefing on SNAP to Health

SNAP to Health is releasing its report at a Congressional briefing at the Russell Senate Office Building, room 385, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.   For details about the agenda and how to RSVP, click here.  I will be giving a short talk on “The Food Politics of SNAP.”


Jul 6 2012

Geneva: World Health Organization

My co-author Mal Nesheim and I will be speaking on Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics at 10:00 a.m., Salle D, 7th Floor, at WHO headquarters.

Jul 4 2012

London: City University

Mal Nesheim and I are discussing Why Calories Count at City University’s Food Thinkers series at 4:00 p.m.. 

B104, City University, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

The series is for current and past students and members of the Centre for Food Policy but welcomes other guests. Please let Tim Lang know:

Jul 2 2012

London: Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and London International Development Centre (LIDC)

I’m giving the annual Distinguished Lecture on “The Politics of Food: The View from 2012,” 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm, at SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

The lecture is open and free, but registration is necessary. RSVP:

The lecture is part of the workshop ‘The Role of Agricultural and Food Systems Research in
Combating Chronic Disease for Development’
organised by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and London International Development Centre (LIDC). It can be attended as part of the workshop or separately.  It will be followed by a drinks reception.

Jun 21 2012

New York: Joint annual meeting of AFHVS, ASFS, and SAFN

I’m keynoting the joint 2012 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), and the Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN). For information about the conference, click here. For the meeting schedule and locations, click here. The conference is jointly sponsored by the New School and NYU.  My talk is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the New School’s Tishman Auditorium.

Jun 16 2012

Philadelphia: Consumer Cooperative Management Association

Keynote: Cooperatives and the Politics of Food, 9:00 a.m. followed by an informal workshop “A conversation with…”

Jun 11 2012

New York Academy of Medicine

NYAM Author night: Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.  The Academy is at 1216 5th Avenue, at 103red Street.  Admission is free but registration is needed (you can do that here).  Registration starts at 6:00, and the presentation starts at 6:30 and ends at 7:30.

Jun 9 2012

San Francisco: Omnivore Books

Mal Nesheim and I are doing a talk on Why Calories Count at Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez Street @ Church between 26th and 27th Streets, Noe Valley.  It goes from 3:00 to 4:00 and is free and open to public.

Jun 9 2012

San Francisco: Book Passage

This is a talk on Why Calories Count at San Francisco’s Ferry Building.  Book Passage is at #1.  The talk is free and open to the public at noon.

May 31 2012

NYU: Fales Library panel

The topic: “How would Julia Child vote on the 2012 farm bill?  4:00 p.m.,  Fales Special Collections at Bobst Library.  Open to public. Details are here.

May 4 2012

Brooklyn: NYC Book Fair

I will be doing the opening keynote at the book fair at 9:00 a.m.  Where is it?  Someplace in Williamsburg. Details to come.

May 3 2012

NYU: Fales Library Critical Topics Series

I’m on a panel at 4:00 p.m. about Dan Imhoff’s book about the 2012 farm bill: “Food Fight.”  Details are here.  The Fales Special Collections are on the 3rd floor of NYU’s Bobst Library.

Apr 27 2012

Rio: World Public Health Nutrition Association

Keynote plenary on public health nutrition for the 21st century, Rio de Janeiro State University, 2:30-4:00 p.m.  I will also be doing a panel that afternoon and another talk on the 29th.  Information is here.Information on World Nutrition Rio 2012 is here.

Apr 21 2012

Ithaca: Buffalo Street Books

Mal Nesheim and I will be reading from and signing copies of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, at Ithaca’ community-owned bookstore, Buffalo Street Books, 215 North Cayuga in the DeWitt Mall, 2:00 p.m.

Buffalo Street Books is Ithaca’s Community-Owned Cooperative Bookstore.

Apr 17 2012

Danville, KY: Centre College

Onstage conversation with Dr. Daphne Miller on “we are what we eat,” 7:00 p.m. Norton Center for the Arts.

Apr 12 2012

New York: NYU Bookstore

I will be speaking about Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics at the new NYU Bookstore at 726 Broadway @Waverly, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Apr 10 2012

NYU: Fales Library book talk and signing

A talk on Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, Fales Special Collections at Bobst Library, 3rd floor, 4:00 p.m.  Open to public.

Apr 5 2012

NYU: Student Affairs FIrst Thursday Breakfast

I will be speaking about “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics” at this breakfast meeting of NYU student affairs personnel. The breakfast will be at the Wasserman Center for Career Development’s Presentation Room A, 2nd floor of 133 East 13th Street (Palladium Residence Hall, between 3rd & 4th Ave).

Apr 4 2012

New Haven: Yale Political Union and Public Health Coalition

Lecture on issues related to the farm bill, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. followed by book signing.  WLH 201 (Sudler Hall), 100 Wall Street, New Haven

Mar 30 2012

New York: International Association of Culinary Professionals

This will be interview with Melissa Clark of the New York Times, Millenium Broadway, 145 West 44th St, Hudson Theater, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Mar 29 2012

NYU: Women in Science lecture

NYU College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate Women in Science scholars and NYU Women in Science are the sponsors of this annual lecture.  6-8 p.m. Jurow Hall/Silverstein Lounge in the Silver building, on Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.

Mar 20 2012

Wilmington, Ohio: Wilmington College

Lecture in the Boyd Arts Cultural Center, 4:00 p.m. (tentative)

Mar 12 2012

Whitewater, WI: College of Letters and Sciences lecture

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, lecture, Young auditorium, 7:00 p.m.  Public health nutrition: where we are now.

Mar 2 2012

Philadelphia: Student Conference on Global Challenges “Food”

The conference runs from 8:30 – 5:30.  My keynote is at 3:30.  Here’s the conference flier.

Mar 1 2012

New York: Barnard College

Distinguished Women in Science lecture, 5:30 p.m., Sulzberger Parlor (3rd floor), Barnard Hall: “What to Eat: Science vs. Politics.”

Feb 20 2012

Ithaca, NY: Field of Nutrition Seminar, Cornell

This is the inaugural student-organized Joyce Lindower Wolitzer ’76 and Steven Wolitzer Nutrition Seminar, 4:30-5:30 p.m., room G71 MVR Hall, followed by a reception.  This will be the first talk on the new book, Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.  For further information, see poster.  For the talk itself, go to .


Feb 15 2012

New York: NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger, U.N.

Policy lunch talk in the series “the future of global food policy,” UN church Centre, 777 UN Plaza @44th St and 1st Ave, 1:00-2:45.  The talk is open to the public with RSVP only by 3:00 on February 14 at (this is to make sure they have enough food and seats).

Jan 29 2012

Boston: Museum of Science

Keynote talk for conference on “Let’s talk about the farm bill,” 3:00 p.m. (tentative)

Jan 24 2012

Troy NY: Emma Willard School

Lecture to Willard community, 7:00 p.m. Kiggens auditorium: food sustainability.

Dec 5 2011

New York: French Embassy

Lecture on “food politics: implications for France,” 9:45-10:30 a.m., French Cultural Services, 972 5th Ave, ata  French Embassy Workshop on French and American Perspectives on Food and Health.  For information about attendance and schedule, send e-mail to or telephone 212-439-1463.

Dec 1 2011

Milan: Third International Forum on Food and Nutrition

Third International Forum on Food and Nutrition.  Bocconi University Conference Hall, Via Sarfatti 25, Milan.  Workshop panel, 2:30-4:15.  For information, see  The conference is live-streamed.

Nov 15 2011

New York: Panel on Traditionalist vs. Modernist Cuisines

Panelists, besides me, include Nathan Myhrvold, Andre Soltner, Dave Arnold, Johnny Iuzzini, Wylie Dufresne.  International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, 6:30 p.m.  for the panel, followed by a reception.  For information:

Nov 2 2011

New York: Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Green Summit

A food-focused summit will explore how sustainability impacts what and how we eat, from the growing and harvesting of ingredients to the processing, packaging, distribution, retailing, cooking, and consumption of food.

Citibank Auditorium, 399 Park Avenue, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Summit speakers include Marion Nestle, Carolyn Steel, Joel Salatin, Marcus Samuelsson, Magnus Nilsson, Tim Zagat, and Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs Eskil Erlandsson.

Tickets to the Summit are available at $295.  For information see and


Oct 28 2011

New York: Consumers Reports 75th Anniversary

Eat Their Words: The Role of the Media in Keeping Our Food Safe

Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York
12:00 to 1:00 PM

Noon-1 p.m. featured event: The Role of the Media in Keeping Our Food Safe
Consumer Reports moderates a discussion with Marion Nestle, William Neuman, and Bill Marler.

This event is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information on this event, and to see the full Consumer Reports 75th anniversary celebration schedule.

Oct 20 2011

New York University: Fales Library

Panel discussion as part of Critical Topics Series.  4:00 p.m., Bobst Library 3rd floor.

Oct 16 2011

Philadelphia: UNA-USA World Food Day

This World Food Day’s talk on Sunday is titled “The overt and covert costs of food: economic, social, ethical, and health dimensions.”  It’s from 2:30 to 6:00 pm at Hopkinson House, 32nd floor, 604 south Washington Square, Philadelphia.  Other speakers are on genetic engineering and the promise of SPIN farming.

Oct 12 2011

New York: James Beard Conference on food

This panel is part of an all-day conference

Oct 5 2011

Madison, NJ: Drew University

This will be a noon lecture, open to public.  Details to follow.

Sep 21 2011

University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

My lecture is at 7:00 p.m.  It is part of a series on Food Production, Consumption, and Security.  Open to public on the Lethbridge campus.

Sep 13 2011

Berkeley: Edible Education

This is a lecture in a Letters and Science/Journalism 101 course on The Rise and Future of the Food Movement.  6:00 p.m. Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley.  Open to public but reservations needed.

Jun 9 2011

NYU: Fales Library Critical Topics Series

This is a panel discussion “From There to Here: Harvesting the Roots of Today’s Farming and Artisan Cookery through Oral History,” with me and:

Ben Flanner, Urban Farmer

Laena McCarthy, Owner, Anarchy in a Jar

Judy Weinraub, Journalist, Oral Historian

Will Wootton, President of Sterling College

Moderated by  Food & Restaurant Consultant Clark Wolf

Free and open to public.  Bobst Library, Washington Square South, 3rd floor,  4:00 to 6:00 pm



May 17 2011

Barcelona: Centre Catala de la Nutricio

I’m doing an “Encounter with the expert: Current conflicts in public health nutrition: the role of the food industry.”  3:00-5:00 p.m., Parc Cientific de Barcelona, Baldiri Reixac 4-8, Torre 1, 3rd floor, sala 4.  Open to public.  Sponsor:  The Centre Catala de la Nutricio.

May 9 2011

San Francisco: Nutrition and Health conference: State of the Science

I’m giving the second plenary talk at 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Embarcadero.  The conference runs May 9-11 and is sold out.  Registered participants only.

May 4 2011

Washington, DC: Future of Food conference

I’m on a panel on health and nutrition at the Washington Post’s conference on the Future of Food at Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O Street NW, 9:00 to 4:30.   Free to public.

Apr 22 2011

New York: James Beard Foundation

Earth Day panel on “Earth to Table / Table to Earth.” It’s at the Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, 2:30-4:00, at the James Beard pop-up restaurant.  Michel Nischan and Karen Karp are also on the panel, chaired by Mitchell Davis.

Apr 14 2011

New York: Panel on mass-produced meat

Eating Liberally and Kitchen Table Talks are hosting a panel discussion at Fales Library, NYU, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor. 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Participants:

Apr 12 2011

Carlisle PA: Dickinson College

“Keystone” public lecture, Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues on “Thought for Food.”  7:00 pm

Apr 7 2011

Princeton: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart

My talk is on “The Politics of Childhood Nutrition: How the Food Environment Undermines Healthy Food Choices.”  It is sponsored by Commonground, a group representing parents of children attending several independent schools in the Princeton area.  7:30 p.m.  Open to public.

Apr 4 2011

Baltimore: University of Maryland

I am giving a lecutre on “food politics, nutrition, and sustainable food production” at 4:30 pm, at the Campus Center as the final lecture in a year-long series on “The Hungry Mind.”  Open to public.

Mar 30 2011

San Francisco: Public Health Heroes Award Ceremony

I am the 2011 recipient of the National Public Health Hero Award given by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and will make brief remarks.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 6:00 reception.

Mar 4 2011

Ithaca: Cornell Workshop on science communications

I’m on a panel at 4:00.  Details to come.

Feb 18 2011

New York: International Association of Culinary Professionals

IACP regional conference.  Panel discussion on “what’s happening in the food world.”

Feb 10 2011

Ithaca: Cornell

Mal Nesheim and I are discussing our book, Feed Your Pet Right, at Cornell’s Mann Library at 4:00.  Open to the public.

Jan 28 2011

Amsterdam: Katan Symposium

This is a talk at a symposium in honor of the retirement of Martijn Katan on “Evidence-based nutrition: When is evidence proof?”  My talk is on “The politics of evidence-based nutrition.”  This will be at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, beginning at 11:30 am.

Dec 8 2010

New York: New School

Engaging the University in Urban Agriculture

Panel: Pam Koch, Marion Nestle, Fabio Parasecoli, William Solecki, Mark Gregory Robson, Jaime Stein.

Moderator: Josh Viertel

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The New School, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

2 West 13th Street (corner 5th Avenue), NYC

Dec 3 2010

Chicago: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

This is a keynote presentation at 8:15 a.m.  to a conference: “Beyond Sugar: Contemporary Nutrition in Pediatric, Oral, and Systemic Health.”  Open to registered participants.  Details are here.

Nov 21 2010

Cambridge, MA: PAPSAC meeting

I will be giving a short presentation at this annual meeting of the awkwardly named “Private and Public, Scientific, Academic, and Consumer Food Policy Committee” at the JF Kennedy School.

Nov 18 2010

Second Live: Interview with Virtually Speaking

My seriously glamorous virtual avatar is being interviewed by Jay Ackroyd tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST on Second Life.    We are talking about food politics and food safety, among other topics, and you can tune in and listen on blog talk radio.

Nov 10 2010

Princeton, NJ: Committee on Public Lectures

This is a panel on the “politics of food and health care” with David Kessler and Ruth Reichl.

Nov 7 2010

Rochester, NY: Science Teachers Association of New York State

I will keynote the annual conference at the Rochester Convention Center at 5:15.  Open to registered participants.

Oct 22 2010

Berkeley CA: University Students Cooperative Association

This event is for the Berkeley student co-ops, where I lived when I was a student.  The event is called “Navigating food choices in today’s economy: a dialogue with Marion Nestle and Narsai David.”  7:00 p.m. The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way.  Reservations at

Oct 19 2010

Seattle: University of Washington College of the Environment

This will be a lecture on “Food Politics: Advocacy for Social Change” as part of a University of Washington course on Eating the Environment.   Open to the public.  6:30-8:00  p.m.  Kane 120.  Here are FoodSafetyNews notes on what I said, and some from Judy Lightfoot.

Oct 8 2010

Doylestown, PA: Delaware Valley College

Conference on “the precarious alliance: strengthening human networks and natural systems.”  Information and registration.  My hour-long talk is at around 10:00 a.m., on food issues related to climate change.

Oct 5 2010

St Peter, MN: Gustavus Adolphus College

The Nobel Conference on “Making Food Good.”  My talk is posted online.  Excerpts are posted on the Edible Communities site.

Oct 3 2010

New York: French Culinary Institute

The New York Culinary Experience, sponsored by the French Culinary Institute and New York Magazine.  Lunchtime Q and A.

Sep 30 2010

New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University

Lecture in Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall, 100 George Street, 12:30 to 2:00.  Open to community

Sep 30 2010

Piscataway, NJ: Piscataway High School

I am giving the Peggy Friedman Memorial Annual Social Justice Public Lecture at Piscataway High School.  7:00 p.m.  Open to the public.

Sep 25 2010

New York: Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board

A talk on communicating scientific information to Board members.  Closed to public

Sep 22 2010

NYU: Humanities Institute

This is a book launch for the new edition of “Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety.”  5:00 p.m. 20 Cooper Square 5th floor.  Free and open to public

Sep 15 2010

Syracuse, NY: Upstate Medical University

Public Health Grand Rounds at SUNY-Upstate Medical University’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, co-sponsored with the College of Human Ecology at Syracuse University.  Title: “Public Health Nutrition in the Obama Era: Key to the Food Revolution.” 4:00 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall, Irving Ave.

Aug 30 2010

McMinnville, OR: Linfield College

Linfield Convocations address, 4 p.m., Ted Wilson Gymnasium, on the Politics of Food.

Aug 25 2010

Albuquerque: Sandia National Laboratories

A presentation on “Sustainability, Safety, and Security.”  Details TK

Jul 4 2010

Hilton Head, SC: Renaissance Weekend

I’m giving a couple of lectures and seminars at this event at various times during the July 4th weekend.  Registered participants only, alas.

Jun 28 2010

New York: NYU Bookstore

In honor of the opening of NYU’s new bookstore space at 726 Broadway, I will talk about my books about food politics at 7:00 p.m.

Jun 27 2010

New York: What’s Organic About Organic?

I’m participating in a panel after a showing of the new film, “What’s Organic About Organic?”   The film previews June 21-25 at 7:00 p.m., and June 26 and 27 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 except June 25, which is a fundraiser for NOFA.  HERE Theater, 145 6th Ave.

Jun 5 2010

Woodbourne, NY: Woodbourne Correctional Facility

I am receiving Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service at commencement exercises for graduates of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI).  According to the BPI Wikipedia entry, the program offers a liberal arts degree to incarcerated individuals in five different prisons in New York state.  It enrolls nearly 200 students and is one of the few degree-granting programs that exists since the government eliminated funding for prison education in 1995.

May 27 2010

NYU: The Fales Library

Mal Nesheim and I will be talking about Feed Your Pet Right at the Fales special collections section of NYU’s Bobst Library (3rd floor), at 4:00.  Click here for the invitation and details.

May 23 2010

Point Reyes Station: Point Reyes Bookstore

Mal Nesheim and I are doing a reading of Feed Your Pet Right at 3:00 at the Point Reyes Bookstore. I’m not sure about the location (Toby’s Feed Barn?), but the bookstore is at 11315 State Route 1, in Point Reyes Station and the store’s phone number is 415.663.1542.  My lecture is the first in a “Food for Thought” series of lectures by people who write terrific books about food and food issues.  I wish I could go to all of them.

May 22 2010

San Francisco: Omnivore Books

Mal Nesheim and I are doing a reading of Feed Your Pet Right at 3:00 p.m.  This antiquarian and collectible cookbook store–worth a visit on its own–is at 3885 Cesar Chavez Street, at Church.

May 21 2010

Monterey, CA: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Sustainable Food Institute on future of food, closing keynote, 3:30 p.m.   This is an invitational event that is not open to the public.

May 18 2010

Berkeley, CA: Holistic Hound

Mal Nesheim and I are talking about our new book, “Feed Your Pet Right,” at Holistic Hound, a nifty  pet store at 1510 Walnut (near Vine) in Berkeley (we wrote the chapter on organic pet food based on products from this store).  This will be at 6:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

May 15 2010

San Francisco: CPS discussions on art & culture

I’ll be speaking at a private salon that is open to the public.  The series is in honor of Cyril Patrick Shaughnessy, Jr.  It is free but requires rsvp.  To rsvp, go to  Click on “invite me.” This will trigger an e-mail and, later, an e-vite with details about where and when.   My presentation, on “Food Politics, Pet Food Politics, and Today’s Healthcare Mess,” is at 8:00 p.m.

May 4 2010

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins

This is the 2010 Edward and Nancy Dodge Lecture at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sponsored by the Center for a Livable Future.  12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  Details at the Center’s website.  Open to public.

May 1 2010

Living Liberally Annual Celebration (blush)

I am being honored by Eating Liberally, Saturday, May 1st – 7-11 pm, at their annual celebration.  It’s at the DCTV Firehouse – 87 Lafayette between Walker and White – in Lower Manhattan.  “Support the work of Living Liberally in over 300 cities, and toast our honorees: Dr. Marion Nestle for her leadership in improving our diets and the world and the labor powerhouse SEIU for its support of a progressive America.”  For information and tickets, click here.

Apr 29 2010

Dartmouth, NH: Tuck School of Business

This is a moderated panel discussion with Prof. Paul Argenti and others on the subject of the film, Food, Inc.  The film will be shown in Georgiopolis at the Tuck School at 4:30 and the panel discussion is at 6:30.   Open to public.

Apr 28 2010

Lake Forest, IL: Lake Forest Hospital

The lecture is sponsored by the Women’s Health Advisory Council of Lake Forest Hospital.  It is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and includes a book signing.  Location: the Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest.   Open to public.  For information and registration, click here.

Apr 20 2010

Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame

Center for Social Concerns lecture, Earth Week keynote, 7:30 p.m.  Open to public (location?)

Apr 13 2010

Rosemont, IL: Petfood Industry Forum

Talk on the forthcoming pet food book–“An Outsiders’ View”–at the annual Pet Food Industry Forum, afternoon.  Open to meeting registrants only.

Apr 9 2010

Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine

Presentation to the Committee on Front-of-Pack Labeling, 1:30 p.m., at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave.

Mar 25 2010

NYU: Panel on food media in a world of new media

Clark Wolf is moderating one of his Critical Topics panels at the Fales Library (Bobst, 3rd Floor) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Hear Frank Bruni, Scott Hocker, Krishnendu Ray, and me discuss how we are talking and writing about food in the new media world.  Open to the public.

Mar 24 2010

Washington, DC: Georgetown University

Georgetown University Library Associates, 6:00 p.m.

Mar 23 2010

Cambridge, MA: MIT Journalists

Knight Science Journalism Program (participants only).

Mar 18 2010

Ithaca, NY: Cornell

Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, colloquium series, 4:30 p.m. 233 Plant Sciences on “The food revolution: implications for public policy.” Free and open to the public.

Mar 15 2010

Ithaca, NY: Cornell

Graduate Field of Nutrition seminar, 100 Savage Hall, 4:00 p.m. on “Food politics: has the food revolution reached Washington?” Free and open to the public.

Mar 11 2010

Old Westbury, NY: SUNY Old Westbury

This lecture is rescheduled from February 10 (snow emergency).  Arts and Sciences spring Theme program on sustainability.  Lecture: “What to Eat: Food, Politics, and Sustainability.”  1:00 p.m. Science Building room S-100.

Mar 2 2010

Saratoga Springs, NY: Skidmore College

Nutrition Awareness Month lecture, keynote speaker, evening lecture, 7:00 p.m.

Mar 2 2010

New York: NYU Medical School

A lecture to first-year students in the course on Physician, Patient, and Society on the politics of obesity, 9:00 a.m.

Feb 27 2010

Washington, DC: USDA

This is for the 100th anniversary of the USDA’s Economic Research Service.  The event runs from 2:00 to 3:30 at 1800 M Street, NW, Waugh Auditorium.

Feb 22 2010

New York: Institute for Integrative Nutrition

I’m lecturing on food politics at 10:50 a.m. at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  For information.

Feb 19 2010

New Orleans: Louisiana State University

This is for the Louisiana State University School of Public Health and  Details to be arranged for the 18th and 19th.

Feb 16 2010

New York: NY Academy of Sciences

Girls’ Night Out, on What to Eat.  6:30 p.m.  Open to public.  This event has caused quite a stir, apparently.  Science magazine had a snarky little piece on it (scroll down to lower left) sniffing that “girls” must not be interested in real science given the lineup of speakers. I wrote an equally sniffy rebuttal (go to the second page).  Enjoy!

Feb 14 2010

New York: Food Writers conference

This is a panel discussion from 1:45 to 3:15 on the future of academic food writing.  Information about registration is here.

Feb 11 2010

Old Westbury, NY: SUNY Old Westbury: CANCELLED

Lecture on the theme of sustainability and the American food system.  Cancelled due to expected snow.  Rescheduled for March 11.

Feb 4 2010

Washington DC: Consumer Goods Forum

Global Food Safety Conference, 2010, JW Marriott, Washington, DC.  My talk is at 2:00 p.m.  Information is here.  Registered participants only.

Jan 13 2010

Washington, DC: FDA

This is a talk on the forthcoming book on pet food to staff of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (by invitation), at the FDA offices in Silver Spring, MD.  Early afternoon.

Dec 13 2009

NYC Food and Climate Summit

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and his staff, along with Just Food and NYU, have organized this upcoming conference, this one on climate change.   Details are on the conference website. Admission is free.  It runs from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at 4th Street.  Call 212-669-2094 for more information.  My talk is in the morning.

Dec 9 2009

NYU: Society of Fellows

I will be speaking about my work at this meeting of the NYU Society of Fellows at the Torch Club, 6:00-9:00 (members only).

Dec 9 2009

New York: DeWitt Clinton High School

This is part of the Behind the Book: A Visiting Author program that encourages authors to talk to high school students.  1:45-3:15 p.m. in the class run by Ray Pultinas, who is organizing an activism conference focused on food.

Nov 21 2009

Westchester, NY: Cat Writers Conference

This meeting is held in conjunction with the Westchester Cat Show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.   My talk will be in the afternoon.  Schedules and conference information are posted on the Cat Writers’ website.

Nov 20 2009

New York: Screening of Food, Inc

This will be a panel discussion at the New School, Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 W. 13th St.  Other panel members are Peter Pringle, Brian Walsh, and Bob Goodman.

Nov 18 2009

New York: National Resources Defense Council

I’m doing a panel at a fundraising luncheon for the NRDC, 12:00 to 2:00, place and other panel members to be determined.

Nov 15 2009

San Francisco: Green Festivals

This will be a keynote presentation on the politics of food safety at 2:00 p.m. at the main stage at the San Francisco Concourse and Gift Center, 635 8th St.

Nov 14 2009

Berkeley: Journalism class

I’m speaking to Michael Pollan’s journalism class about food politics.

Nov 12 2009

Conway, AR: Honors College, U. Central Arkansas

This is a lecture during Challenge Week 2009, with the theme Just Food: Farm-to-Fork Food Systems for the 21st Century.  My talk is at 7:00 p.m.  Other speakers during the series, which runs from November 5 to November 12, are Joel Berg, Chris Taylor, Woody Tasch, and Joel Salatin.  Here are the details.

Nov 6 2009

NYU: Fales Critical Topics Series

This is a panel celebrating members of the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who.  Fales Library (Bobst Library 3rd floor), 4:00 p.m.

Nov 4 2009

New York: Conference on Industry-Medicine Relationships

This conference, sponsored by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University, is about what can be learned by comparing experiences from tobacco, alcohol, food, and pharmaceuticals.  My talk is from 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.  Location: Irving Institute Conference Room, 622 W. 168th St, PH-10-204 (10th floor) in the Presbyterian Hospital Building.  The conference runs for two days, November 2 and 3.  Details are here.

Oct 24 2009

New York: Gourmet Institute’s How to Eat panel: CANCELLED!

This was to be a panel discussion moderated by WNYC Radio Host Leonard Lopate, to kick off this year’s Gourmet Institute. It was to include Ruth Reichl, Editor-in-chief, Gourmet (now former), Barry Estabrook, Politics of the Plate contributor, Kim Severson, Food Writer, The New York Times, Josh Viertel, President, Slow Food USA, and Lorraine Bracco, Actress/Winemaker, Bracco Wines.  Along with the demise of Gourmet magazine, this got cancelled too.  Alas.

Oct 21 2009

Vicenza: University Research Foundation

Lecture on U.S. food politics

Oct 20 2009

Milan: Nutrition Foundation of Italy

Lecture at a seminar on nutrition and diet-related diseases

Oct 17 2009

Rome: World Food Day at FAO

This is the 6th annual George McGovern lecture in the Green Room at FAO at 2:30 p.m.

Oct 16 2009

Rome: Roma Tre University

Lecture to students and faculty of the Master’s Program in Human Development and Food Security, Roma Tre University, 3:00 p.m.

Oct 16 2009

Rome: United Nations (FAO)

This is to UN nutrition professionals at FAO from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Oct 9 2009

Los Angeles: Kaiser Permanente

Lecture at a Hypertension Symposium, Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills.  The program is sponsored by Southern California Permanente Medical Group and is offered for continuing education credit for doctors and nurses.  My talk, “sodium restriction: a public health imperative,” is at 11:30 a.m.

Oct 4 2009

College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor

I’m giving the Saturday night keynote at Food for Thought, Time for Action: Sustainable Food, Farming, and Fisheries for the 21st Century, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, 7:30 p.m.

Oct 3 2009

Philadelphia: Reading Terminal Market

I’m speaking at the grand opening of the new Fair Food stand at this indoor market.  Fair Food brings in produce from local farmers and works with farmers to market their products.  10:30 a.m. for the press conference.

Oct 3 2009

Les Dames d’Escoffier Annual Conference, Philadelphia

This is a keynote presentation to the annual meeting of Les Dames d’Escoffier

Sep 25 2009

Vienna: Kreisky Forum / U.S. Embassy

The Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue and the U.S. Embassy, keynote.  The Forum was founded in 1991 in commemoration of the late Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky. A group of Kreisky’s friends and colleagues created the Forum to continue Kreisky’s work for Human Rights, the Middle Eastern Peace Process, Europe after the Cold War, and other issues close to him. This year’s lecture series can be found here.

Sep 18 2009

Connecticut College, Sound Lab Foundation lecture

Dinner and talk, probably 7:30 p.m.

Aug 3 2009

New Delhi keynote

This talk is to keynote the Global Conference on Meeting Nutritional Challenges with Sustainability and Equity, August 2-3, India International Centre (Annexe).  The meeting is organized by IBFAN (International Baby Feeding Action Network), Navdanya, IHES (Initiative for Health, Equity, and Society) and BPNI (Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India).  It starts at 8:30 a.m. on August 2.  My talk is at 9:40.

Jul 16 2009

Fairbanks, Alaska: Summer Session

University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Sessions, Schaibel Auditorium, Bunnell Building, 7:00 p.m.

Jun 20 2009

New York: CIES World Food Business Summit

Panel on “ingredient for success in turbulent times #6: engaged people.”  Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 11:00 a.m.  This one was videotaped.  And here’s Refresh blog’s Bob Vosburgh with some notes on the talk.

Jun 18 2009

Corporate Accountability House Party

I’m speaking at an organizing event for Corporate Accountability International (formerly Infact).  Here’s the e-vite where you can find out about it and RSVP.

May 29 2009

S.T.O.P. fundraiser, New York

This will be a talk on food safety to members of Stop Tables Our Priority at a fundraiser in Brooklyn (see invitation), 7:00 p.m.

May 28 2009

Little Rock AK: Clinton School of Public Service

William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecture, Clinton School of Public Service,  Library, Sturgis Hall, 6:00 p.m.

May 19 2009

Union Square Partnership

Annual Meeting, W Hotel, Union Square, 201 Park Ave South at 17th St, Great Room, 5:00 p.m.

May 19 2009

New York Public Library

Young Lions Committee presents Eating at Home with Rocco Dispirito, Julie Powell, and me in conversation with Amanda Hesser.  Reception 7:00 p.m.  Program 8:00 p.m.

May 17 2009

Portland OR: Linus Pauling Institute

Oregon State University, Diet and Optimum Health conference, 9:00 a.m., Hilton Hotel

May 15 2009

York College, Jamaica

This is a lecture to the York College (CUNY) – FDA Collaboration, Provost Excellence Lecture Series, at noon, York College Academic Core Building, Guy Brewer Road, Jamaica, Queens.  It is open to the public.

May 2 2009

New York: GEL conference

Gel 2008.  Times Center, 41st and 7th Ave

May 1 2009

Philadelphia: U. Pennsylvania Law School

Conference on “Import safety: regulatory governance in the global economy,” Penn Program on Regulation, opening dinner, Inn at Penn, 6:30, keynote speech.

Apr 19 2009

Richmond VA: Forum

In Search of Real Food (with Michael Pollan), Landmark Theater, 6 North Laurel, 8:00 p.m.  Currently sold out, but call 804-330-3993 for availability.

Apr 7 2009

Wagner College, Staten Island

This is the lecture that got snowed out on March 2.  It’s at 1:00 in  Spiro Hall, Room 2 (here’s the old announcement).

Apr 3 2009

State College PA: Lippen Lecture

Pennsylvania State University, Rock Ethics Institute annual Lippen lecture, 7:00 p.m.

Apr 2 2009

State College PA: Lecture and Workshop

Pennsylvania State University Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program
Rock Ethics Institute 9th Annual Lippin Ethics Lecture and Workshop

Apr 2 2009

State College PA

Pennsylvania State University
Lobby Talks PBS program, 7:00 p.m.

Mar 26 2009

Cambridge MA: Knight Journalists

MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program, MIT Faculty Club 9:00 a.m.

Mar 25 2009

New York: NY State Health Foundation

Round table; by invitation only

Mar 18 2009

Toledo OH: Lecture

University of Toledo
Environmental Sciences and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs

Mar 17 2009

New York: Medical class

NYU Langone Medical Center, noon

Mar 16 2009

Firedoglake book salon

Interview on Firedoglake, 5:00-7:00 p.m. east coast time

Mar 13 2009

New York: Hermann Biggs Society

Penn Club, 30 W. 44th St, reception at 6:00, dinner at 6:45

Mar 3 2009

Wagner College lecture: Cancelled

I’m speaking at Wagner College, Staten Island, at 1:00 on Monday, March 2, Spiro Hall, Room 2 (unless it is snowed out, of course).  Here’s the Wagner announcement.

It was indeed snowed out and will be rescheduled for some time in April.

Feb 27 2009

Santa Barbara: Endowed lecture

University of California, Santa Barbara, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, 4 pm

Feb 26 2009

Los Angeles: NYU Alumni

NYU Alumni event, evening, International Hotel, Century City

Feb 13 2009

Kansas City: Keynote

Kansas City Healthy Kids conference, morning, Kaufman Center

Feb 12 2009

Kansas City: Book talk

Kansas City Public Library downtown, evening

Feb 6 2009

Second Life appearance

At 9:00 p.m. I’m bravely doing another Second Life interview.  Take a look at my classy avatar!

Feb 6 2009

New York: Lecture

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
Cardiovascular Fellows Forum series, 12:45 p.m. Babcock Bldg, 114th and Amsterdam

Feb 4 2009

Philadelphia: Lecture

U. Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, 1:00 p.m. Blockley Hall

Feb 1 2009

San Francisco: Panel

Invitational: Union of Concerned Scientists Advisory Committee, 11:00 a.m., Sir Francis Drake Hotel (with Michael Pollan)

Jan 22 2009

Toronto: Lecture

University of Toronto, Hart House

Dec 22 2008

Mexico: Lecture

Rancho La Puerta

Dec 5 2008

New York: Lecture

Hyde Park: Culinary Institute of America

Dec 4 2008

New York: Lecture

DH Shaw Co

Dec 3 2008

New York: Public lecture

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 5th Ave (40th St)

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