Food, Genes and Culture

Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 20, on “Food, Genes and Culture: Why Silver Bullet Diets and Quick Genetic Fixes Won’t Reduce the Prevalence of Nutrition-Related Diseases.” Nabhan’s presentation is the second installment in the Milliken Lecture Series on Sustainability and Public Health.

The program, set for 7 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater in the Franklin W. Olin Building, is free and open to the public. Following the lecture in the lobby of the Olin Building, Nabhan will sign copies of his book “Ethnobiology for the Future.” He will donate proceeds from the sale of the book to the Society of Ethnobiology.

Nabhan is a MacArthur Fellow, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, and the 2016 Distinguished Ethnobiologist of the Society of Ethnobiology. He is a research social scientist at the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona. He is an internationally celebrated nature writer, agrarian activist and ethnobiologist who works on conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity.


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