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Julie Guthman – Plastic Bodies: Biopolitical Implications of the New Environmental Epigenetics

Lecture will be held at the University of Southern California in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Room 207

Julie Guthman is a Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In this talk, Guthman will discuss the emerging field of environmental epigenetics and what it suggests about the long term plasticity and permeability of animal and human bodies. Drawing on her obesity research, it will give particular focus to some of the mechanisms by which environmental toxins influence bodily function and phenotype. The talk will also touch on some the ethical and methodological implications of these new discoveries.

Guthman has an MBA and a Ph.D. in geography from UC Berkeley and blogs for the New York Times. Her article “The Food Police: Why Michael Pollan Made Me Want to Eat Cheetos” reprinted in late 2008 by Utne Reader, received national attention. In her forthcoming book “Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism,” Guthman draws on science and economics to question the pervasive myths that drive our obsession with food.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles, University of Southern California

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