PITTSBURGH: The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment will host a broad range of speakers during the 2016 Fall Semester. All events will take place at 2 p.m. at the Esther Barazzone Center on the Eden Hall campus in Richland, PA. Events include:
“The Budding Aromas from Taco Trucks: Taste and Space in Austin, Texas” will feature Robert D. Lemon, MCRP, MLArch, PhD, department of geography University of Texas, Austin on October 28. Lemon is a visiting professor for Human Geography at the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University. He is a cultural and urban geographer with a passion for landscape studies. As an urban geographer and environmental designer, he has studied extensively the social practices and built transformations of cities through their aesthetic representation.
Jeffrey Pilcher, professor of history at the University of Toronto, Scarborough and the author of Que Vivan Los Tamales!, other books on food and Mexico and “Beer: A Global History” will speak on November 4. Pilcher has been a leading figure in the emerging scholarly field of food history. From an early research focus on Mexico and Latin America, he has expanded his scope to food in world history. He is the author of many books including: Food and the Making of Mexican Identity (1998) and Food in World History (2006). His current book project examines the world history of beer over the past two hundred years, following the spread of European lager through networks of trade, migration, and empire.
On December 2, Simran Sethi, professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, and an award winning journalist and author of “Bread, Wine, and Chocolate” will present a talk titled “On the Emotional Geography of Biodiversity.” Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. Named the environmental “messenger” by Vanity Fair, a top 10 eco-hero of the planet by the U.K.’s Independent, and designated one of the top eight women saving the planet by Marie Claire, Sethi is also the creator of The Slow Melt, a podcast dedicated to all things cacao, cocoa and chocolate. She is an associate at the University of Melbourne’s Sustainable Society Institute in Australia and a recent visiting scholar at the Cocoa Research Centre in St. Augustine, Trinidad.
Recent speakers have included Natale Zappia, Nadine Austin Wood Professor of American History at Whittier College, California who presented “Food, Frontier, Commodities, Networks and Ecologies in Early America;” a lunch with Marion Nestle, professor at New York University, founder of Food Studies and a policy and nutrition expert; and lunch with anthropologists Carole Counihan (Millersville University) and Penny van Estrik (University of Toronto), editors of Food and Culture: A Reader, now in its fifth edition, who spoke about the role of activism, feminism, and social change in food studies.