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Marion Nestle to Tackle the 'Hunger-Obesity Paradox' at 2012 Food Symposium

3rd Annual Event Planned for March 20

February 14, 2012

Marion Nestle (Photo courtesy of NYU-Steinhardt)

Marion Nestle (Photo courtesy of NYU-Steinhardt)

Wilmington College will feature consumer activist, nutritionist and award-winning author Marion Nestle as keynote speaker at the daylong 2012 Food Symposium March 20.

She will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. in Heiland Theatre.

This year’s theme focuses on the hunger-obesity paradox.

Author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002) and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), both from University of California Press, Nestle explores issues like access to food and nutrition and the effects of food production on food safety.

Her blog,, covers everything from farming to food labels and all topics in between. The College’s Food Symposium Committee was pleased to secure such a prominent food expert.

“What’s great about Marion Nestle is her broad expertise,” said Corey Cockerill, assistant professor of communication arts and member of the committee. “As we watched her media clips and read through her bio, the committee knew she was a good fit for both this topic and our students.”

Nestle currently serves as the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and professor of sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and a Master of Public Heath in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nestle receives praises among her peers.

Michael Pollan, author of New York Times bestselling books Food Rules (2010), In Defense of Food (2008), and Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), said, "When it comes to the increasingly treacherous landscape of the American supermarket, with its marketing hype and competing health claims, Marion Nestle is an absolutely indispensable guide: knowledgeable, eminently sane—and wonderful company too.”

She is noted as one of TIME magazine’s top 140 most influential accounts on Twitter (@marionnestle), one of the top 10 in health and science. But it’s her down-to-earth style that seems to capture audience—and media—attention.

“We feel extremely lucky to have landed such a strong speaker for the symposium. She’s very active in food politics at the moment and seems to pop up in the media on a regular basis,” said Cockerill. “For the College to be a part of this discussion is very exciting.”

The schedule for the day includes:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — displays in Pyle Student Center; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — the film Killer at Large: Why Obesity Is America’s Greatest Threat (189 minutes) in Heiland Theatre; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — the film “Faces of Hunger in America: A Nationwide Initiative to Visually Portray Hunger in the United States (55 minutes).

Also, 2 to 4 p.m. — “The Student Chef Cookoff” competition and tasting in the Top of Pyle Center; 4 to 5 p.m. — Marion Nestle’s keynote address on hunger and obesity in Heiland Theatre; 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Book-signing by Marion Nestle in Kelly Center; and 6 to 7 p.m. — dinner event ($25 and reservations required), Boyd Cultural Arts Center lobby. Dinner reservations can be made by calling (937) 382-6661 ext 205.

All Food Symposium activities besides the dinner are free of charge.


3rd Annual Food Symposium

Time: 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Location: Hugh G. Heiland Theatre

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