The University of Oregon and the Robert D. Clark Honors College are pleased to present the Common Reading Program’s third book: Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto.
Over twenty-five years and four books, New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan has been writing about a place where nature and culture intersect: our plates. In Defense of Food critiques the ways we think about eating, explains the systems that support it, and argues for how we might change it, one meal at a time. The ideas in the book are ripe for discussion: they ask us to think in new ways about the nature of our food, our health, and our society.
We have created this online forum to enable dialogue among incoming freshmen, current students, staff, faculty, and you. The University of Oregon encourages you to take this opportunity to debate and discuss issues presented by this book, engaging with the text and its themes both online and throughout the academic year through guest speakers, film screenings, service learning, field trips, and of course, conversation. We look forward to thoughtful and provocative discussion and wish you happy reading!