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Critical Nutrition Symposium

March 8, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm  |  Unnamed Venue


Nutrition informationAdvice about what to eat for health and well being is pervasive in the modern world, and such advice is delivered as if it were uncontroversial, universally applicable, welcome, and effective. When it appears not to work, rather than reflection on the scientific, cultural, and sociological underpinnings of the endeavor, the response has been for more informative food labels and more emphasis on food education. What’s wrong or missing in conventional nutritional practice? What are its effects in terms of human health and social justice? What other approaches might work better? This symposium will bring together six leading scholars of nutrition, public health, and food science to discuss and debate the place of nutrition science in public health policies and cultural politics today. Representing such disciplines as geography, public health, sociology, and communication, invited guests include Charlotte Biltekoff (American Studies and Food Science, UC Davis), Jessica Hayes-Conroy (Women’s Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Adele Hite (Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Aya H. Kimura (Women’s Studies, University of Hawai’i-Manoa), Hannah Landecker (Sociology and Center for Society and Genetics, UCLA), and Jessica Mudry (Center for Engineering in Society, Concordia University). UCSC food scholars Julie Guthman, Melissa Caldwell, Nancy Chen, and Jake Metcalf will provide commentary. The format of the symposium is designed to open up and stimulate discussion and debate among all participants: presenters, discussants, and attendees.

This event is sponsored by the Multi-campus Research Program on Food and the Body and the “Knowing Food” Research Cluster of the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies. Additional support has been provided by the Community Studies Program, the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, the Science & Justice Research Center, the Departments of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and Sociology.

The event will be held March 8 from 9-5:30 in 261 Social Sciences I and is open to the public. Please RSVP to Lisa Nishioka ( if you plan to attend.

For questions regarding the program contact Julie Guthman (


March 8, 2013
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Unnamed Venue
Social Sciences 1‎ University of California Santa Cruz, College Ten
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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