Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation and co-producer of the award-winning documentary Food, Inc., will speak at Belmont University on Mon., Feb. 15 about the health, security and sustainability of the nation’s food supply. The 7 p.m. event will be held at Belmont Heights Baptist Church (2100 Belmont Blvd.) and is free and open to the public.
As an investigative journalist, Schlosser tries to give a voice to people at the margins of society. His aim is to shed light on worlds that are too often hidden. Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. Schlosser also served as an executive producer and co-wrote the feature film Fast Food Nation (2006), and he was a co-producer of the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc., a film about how complicated and compromised the once simple process of growing crops and raising livestock has become.
Schlosser’s visit is part of Belmont’s ongoing campus-wide academic theme for 2009-10, “A Paradise Lost.” Special events and lectures are being presented to help students, faculty and staff engage a myriad of questions surrounding issues of sustainability, broadly defined. Issues covered throughout the year include exploration in topics such as the environment, ecology and interactions between and among organisms and their surroundings.
Click here to read an interview Schlosser did last week with Chapter16.org, which previews his Belmont University visit.