• Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley (map)
  • Berkeley, CA

Devoured: A Journey Into the American Food Psyche

Moderated by Jaspal Sandhu, Lecturer, Design & Innovation, UC Berkeley School of Public Health. | Book signing and reception to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

Anyone in the public health world knows that people's behaviors are shaped by their environments. But an often overlooked aspect of the environment is the cultural environment. How do the values that define our national character—work, freedom, and progress—shape our eating habits, the good and the bad? This is the question that Sophie Egan, food writer, UC Berkeley SPH alum, and Culinary Institute of America program director, addresses in her provocative, eye-opening book, Devoured. In Devoured, Sophie holds a mirror up to daily life, revealing the deeper meaning behind our food choices: from around-the-clock snacking to "Sad Desk Lunch;" from the American obsession with “having it our way” to "Stunt Foods" like Doritos Locos Tacos.

Join us for a conversation moderated by lecturer Jaspal Sandhu, as we explore the meaning of our national food culture—and together, examine how to help prevent the 80 percent of chronic diseases related to lifestyle by cultivating a healthier foodscape.

Registration and more information here. Map here.

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About the Dean's Speaker Series:

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean's Speaker Series is designed to bring distinguished experts to Berkeley and engage the community on a variety of current and important topics in the field of public health. Each talk is followed by a reception. Events are held approximately once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Some talks are also part of the Kaiser Permanente Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

The Dean's Speaker Series events are free and open to the public; registration is encouraged.