Literary Cuisine : A Tasty Bite of Literature

Taste for Civilization CoverThe Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

Monday, May 2, 2011
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

Please join the Library, Bon Appétit, and the Department of Political Science for the Spring 2011 Literary Cuisine.

Our featured speaker will be Professor Janet Flammang, chair of the Department of Political Science. Dr. Flammang is the author of the book The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society. Her talk is entitled "Food, Civility, and Democracy" and she notes:

President Obama has tasked NEH Chair Jim Leach to visit all 50 states to talk about the importance of civility in a democracy. Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, revolutionaries are calling for civil society and democracy. Alice Waters promotes a delicious revolution. How is food related to civility and democracy?

Paperback copies of the book are available at the Campus Bookstore, but it isn't necessary to have read the book to attend this event.

Bon Appétit will be serving a sustainable, organic meal purchased from local farmers for the occasion. The cost is $10 per person. The event is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, Osher members, and the general public.

We regret that it is not possible to accept online reservations with ACCESS Cards at this time. To register for this event, please contact Ashley Lester in the Information Services Administrative Office, (408-554-5704, by Thursday, April 28, 2011. Payment can be made by ACCESS Card flex account, cash, or check.

Please plan to join us on May 2, 2011 for a delicious and healthy lunch, and an opportunity to win a copy of the featured book or another prize in keeping with the theme of the event.