Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

First Year Forum: Roundtable Discussion on Local Food Issues

Thu, February 18, 2010

The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Rhetoric and Writing will host local experts on food production and consumption for a roundtable discussion on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm. The event will take place in the Texas Union Ballroom on the UT campus and is free to the public.

With the recent success of Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food, and growing public awareness of how food is produced, distributed, and marketed, the politics of food has generated a number of civic controversies that affect us all. Students of RHE 306, UT’s first-year writing course, have been reading Pollan’s book and researching controversies over organic farming, locavorism, food marketing, school lunches, USDA and FDA regulatory practices, and other similar issues. The panel of local food experts will offer their insights and answer questions posed by the audience.

The panel members are:

- David Davenport, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank
- Margaret Wittenberg, Vice President of Global Quality Standards and Public Affairs at Whole Foods
- Lydia Steinman, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at UT
- Suzanne Santos, Austin Farmers' Market Director at the Sustainable Food Center
- David Ansel, founder of The Soup Peddler
- Mike Evans, Program Coordinator of Urban Roots

This event is co-sponsored by UT-Austin's Texas Union Distinguished Speakers Committee.

Stephanie Odom, Assistant Director of Lower Division Writing
(512) 471-6109

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