Nikki Henderson.  Image: Peoples Grocery
Nikki Henderson. Photo: People’s Grocery

A new class at UC Berkeley is getting a lot of buzz. Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement is all about food politics. In an unusual step, Cal is opening up the 13-week course to the general public. Well, the class was open to all. Three hundred free tickets for the first night were snatched up in less than fifteen minutes. Student enrollment filled up just as fast. Edible Education is being organized, and funded, by Alice Water’s Chez Pannise Foundation. Nikki Henderson, the executive director of People’s Grocery in Oakland, along with author and U.C. Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan, will co-teach the semester course.

michael-pollan-Credit Alia Malley
Michael Pollan. Photo: Alia Malley

Think of the sustainable food movement as a dinner party. Edible Education will take a look at the guest list and topics of conversation. How do the slow food movement and food justice fit together? What does corporate food look like? The class will feature immigrant farm workers telling their own stories. Each week will include a guest lecturer.

The class is every Tuesday from August 30th through November 29th, 6-7:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm) at the Wheeler Auditorium at UC Berkeley.

Tickets will be available, free of charge, six days before each class.

Bay Area Bites will provide coverage of the course.

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  • Sounds amazing! Any chance of making podcasts/videos available?

  • Andrea

    Marijke, good news! There is a webcast, sponsored by Bon Appetit Management Company. Here is a link to last week’s talk with Marion Nestle: Also, if you scroll up on our blog you can see the webcast from the first class in the course with Slow Food Movement founder, Carlo Petrini.

  • Russ

    any chance this class series could come up to UC davis or Sacramento State?

  • jHolland

    I’ve only missed a couple of classes and there have been some high points and some low points. I go with a group of “native” Berkeley-ites, UCB alums, foodies, over 50, the whole 9 yards. We were devastated by the Wal Mart guy- avoidance corporate-speak and filibustering indeed!; thought Ms. Waters should NEVER appear without a script and compared very poorly to Reich; the Public Health lady totally boring. However, the “statistician” was fantastic for an otherwise potentially dull presentation; Petrini is the real rock star here in partnership with Kumer – their duet was a piece of theatre!!!! – ; Lustig was outstanding; the Small Planet lady a bit over the top but loveable; etc. Your concept is wonderful but you know by now it needs fine tuning. The format for question and answer never works well so should be changed – the “don’t talk about yourself” admonition needs to be repeated. The “2-questions-at-a-time” idea loses the questions, which might be a good thing in some cases.

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