Michael Pollan, Journalist and Author

“Cannabis, the Importance of Forgetting, and the Botany of Desire”
Avenali Lecture
Photo of Michael Pollan.
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2002 | 7:30 pm
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library
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United States

Michael Pollan's work examines the intersections between science and culture, focusing most specifically on food. Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, winner of the James Beard Award, The Omnivore's Dilemma, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and The Botany of Desire, among others.

Pollan has lectured on environmentalism, gardening, and nature at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the New York Public Library, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Horticultural Society, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Dumbarton Oaks. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and is Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.