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Food Studies at Brown Speaker Series: Speaking Culture to Science & Industry with Charlotte Biltekoff
March 6 @ 6:00 pm
About the talk: While scientific approaches tend to dominate efforts to address pressing problems related to food and health, there is increasing acknowledgement that these complex problems cannot be solved by any single form of expertise alone. Complex food system challenges demand new forms of multi-disciplinarity that traverse even – and especially – the divide between the sciences and the humanities and social sciences. This talk will present a humanities-informed perspective on the question of what makes food “good,” pressing up against and exploring the edges of scientific expertise. The aim is to inform and incite new forms of collaboration around Food Studies at Brown.
About the speaker: Charlotte Biltekoff proudly holds a PhD in American Civilization from Brown University and is both grateful and excited to have the opportunity to return to campus to participate in the emergence of Food Studies at Brown. Biltekoff is Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology at the University of California Davis, where she builds bridges between scientific and cultural approaches to questions about food and health. She is author of Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health (Duke University Press, 2013) and has published articles in a wide range of academic journals. Her work on the cultural politics of dietary advice is the subject of a short film, Imperfection Salad, and she engages regularly with the media. Her teaching includes “Food in American Culture,” a large enrollment introductory course, “New Product Ideas,” in which students develop concepts for new food products, and “Design Thinking for Food,” in which students work in multidisciplinary teams to address high impact food challenges.
Speaker Series Co-Sponsors: American Studies, Science and Society, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Anthropology, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World