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Michael Pollan Visits Dartmouth

Hanover, NH, USA 03755

July 27, 2004

Nationally known writer Michael Pollan visited Dartmouth in late July, 2004. Pollan has a wonderfully unique view of the natural world. His articulate prose and remarkable narratives help him portray this vision in an engaging style that is unmistakably Pollan's. His environmentally insightful writings have caught the attention of the American literary world as well as the fickle American public - his most recent work, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World, was a New York Times best seller. Over the last seven years Pollan has received numerous awards, including the John Burroughs prize (for the best natural history essay in 1997); the 2000 Reuters-I.U.C.N. Global Award for Environmental Journalism for his reporting on genetic engineering; and the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003. Pollan is currently a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC-Berkeley.

Pollan's Afternoon at Dartmouth

Pollan spent a busy day in Hanover meeting with faculty, having lunch with students, and working at the organic farm with members of Dartmouth's Ecological Agriculture class.

Lecture in Filene:

Following the Food Chain: The High Price of Cheap Food

The culmination of Pollan's visit to Dartmouth was an evening lecture in overflowing Filene Auditorium where Upper Valley community members, staff, students and faculty listened from seats, steps and standing room to Michael Pollan explore the problems associated with industrial agriculture and the relatively low price of American food. Pollan discussed issues surrounding the theory of agglomeration economies as applied to agriculture, scaled alternatives to industrial food production and the local and worldwide social ramifications of under-priced food. Below are some photographs of Pollan lecturing, speaking with Noel Perrin (Dartmouth Professor Emeritus) before the lecture and signing books for grateful readers afterwards.

View QuickTime video clips of Michael Pollan's lecture:
Following the Food Chain: The High Price of Cheap Food

Greetings as a Consumer 1.0 MB
The Road to the $0.99 Hamburger 2.1 MB
Cattle: Industrial Protein Machines 1.0 MB
Modern Farms or Medieval Cities? 1.7 MB
Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA [part 1] 3.0 MB
Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA [part 2] 3.0 MB

Last Updated: 10/8/08