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Recipes for Change: Ann Vileisis

Date: 6:30pm EST March 6, 2014

Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back

Ann Vileisis, Environmental Historian and author Award-winning environmental historian Ann Vileisis is the author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need To Get It Back. The Library Journal describes Kitchen Literacy as an “important and eye-opening book (that) uncovers the machinery behind the modern food industry.” She has shared her “lost knowledge” as a guest on Martha Stewart Living, West Coast Live, and many other television and radio programs, both commercial and public. Vileisis has attracted equally wide notice with her book on America’s wetlands, Discovering the Unknown Landscape, honored as best-of-the-year in its class by both the American Historical Association and the American Society for Environmental History. She has co-authored, researched, or edited several additional books and reports on river, wetlands, and fisheries issues. A Yale graduate in history, she has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and from the Ford Family Foundation.  Vileisis speaks on food, nutrition and health and on wetlands preservation. http://www.ecospeakers.com/speakers/vileisisa.html

This lecture is the second of four lectures in the Recipes for Change series. This series is sponsored by the C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Anthropology Department.