Jump-start your mind and heart
Join your peers at UBC Connects for Students, for a unique opportunity to connect with some of the world’s most esteemed thought leaders in an intimate and interactive setting. UBC connects the dots — and people — to shed light on the world’s most pressing issues.
This event will feature Michael Pollan in an interactive question and answer session with UBC Students, on topics related to his many works such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and his latest book, How to Change Your Mind.
Join us for an engaging conversation on a breadth of topics, exploring the intersection of humans and nature.
Students are asked to please come prepared with questions.
Monday, February 11, 2019, 11am – 12pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard
In partnership with UBC Sustainability Initiative and the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems
(Advance registration required)
Complimentary coffee and cookies: 10:30-11am
About the Speaker:
A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine since 1987, Michael Pollan has spent the past 30 years as a writer exploring the interactions of humans and nature. He has written a series of influential and bestselling books that include In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), which won a number of awards, among them the California Book Award and the James Bear Award for best food writing.
His latest book, How to Change Your Mind, immediately claimed the top spot on the New York Times list when it hit bookshelves this past May. Both deeply personal and rigorously science-based, it is an investigation into the power of psychedelics to treat and comfort those who struggling with mental illness, terminal disease and emotional pain.
In addition to writing, Pollan has appeared in a number of documentaries, including the Academy Award-nominated Food Inc. In 2003, he was appointed the John S. and Janes L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. Since 2017, he has been Professor of the Practice of Non-Fiction at Harvard University.