The University of Connecticut’s UConn Reads program has been created to bring together the University community – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni and friends of UConn, as well as citizens of Connecticut – for a far-reaching and engaging dialogue centered on a book suggested by the community.
We invite you to join us in reading this year’s book of choice and, over the coming year, participating in the conversation through an exciting series of discussion groups and other events and activities hosted by the University. We look forward to what is sure to be a stimulating and fulfilling conversation.
Up Next! UConn Reads hosts Tedx Manhattan conference webcast, “Changing the Way We Eat,” Saturday, March 7th
UConn has been selected as an official viewing location for a webcast of the 2015 Tedx Manhattan conference “Changing the Way We Eat.” The viewing will take place in Konover Auditorium, the Dodd Center, from 10.30 am-6.30 pm. The featured speakers include farmers, activists, chefs, and artists. Topics to be addressed include: the necessity of women farmers in the food movement; how small changes in your eating can make huge differences; food as medicine; US law and small farmers; what we need to end hunger. Attendees should feel free to come and go: students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to share in the experience at any time during the day. For more about the conference, please visit the Tedx Manhattan website.
On-going: Exhibitions at the Benton Museum and Contemporary Art Galleries
“Sweet Sensations” at the Benton Museum runs through March 29th. It focuses on contemporary art that explores the seductive nature of sugar. The Contemporary Art Galleries presents “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Visualized” through April 25th. This exhibition takes the structure of the book as its framework, presenting artists who relate to each of Pollan’s sections – industrial, industrial organic, and foraged food production.
Talks, Field Trips, Meals, and More: An Exciting Semester of “Omnivore” Programming
The Steering Committee is pleased to present an exciting array of programming related to our book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The Benton Museum of Art inaugurates our programming on January 23rd with “Sweet Sensations,” an exhibition of contemporary art reflecting on the seductive powers of sugar. The students of Eco House will sponsor “Just Food! Or Is It?” on January 27th, 6.30-8.00 in Sprague Hall. Participants will have a chance to try different foods and discuss the ways that the corn food system connects with their lives.
A Novel Group of Huskies
The Alumni Association sponsors a book club that reads the UConn Reads selection each year as well as two other books, chosen by reader vote. It’s a great way for alumni and the larger UConn community to participate in UConn Reads. Interested readers can sign up and follow the blog.
UConn Libraries Publish Reader’s Guide to The Omnivore’s Dilemma
The library has published an online reader’s guide to The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It includes reviews and responses to the book, links to Michael Pollan’s website and interviews, related readings, and other resources.
Our Book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Since its publication, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) has sparked a national conversation about American ways of eating and their impact on our health and environment. With our passion for the environment, health, and human rights, the UConn community is ready for a wide-ranging debate about the culture, politics, and science of eating. Read more about our book selection on UConn Today.
The UConn Co-op will carry The Omnivore’s Dilemma at a discount. The book is available in eBook format as well. To follow the UConn Reads conversation on Twitter, use the hashtag #UConnReads.