Excerpt: Copies of Michael Pollan’s book "In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto" will likely be found across the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus this fall.
The book was chosen for the university’s first common reading program, Go Big Read. Chancellor Biddy Martin created the program to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in a shared reading experience.
A committee chose the book from nearly 400 nominated titles.
"In Defense of Food," published in 2008, examines the modern American food landscape, finding that eating is no simple task thanks to conflicting claims made by food producers, marketers and nutrition experts.
Pollan will visit campus Sept. 24-26 for a series of events related to the culture and politics of food. The book will likely be integrated into several courses on campus.