This past fall (2012), UC Berkeley offered a class titled “Edible Education 103: Telling Stories About Food and Agriculture,” taught on campus by Michael Pollan. Pollan is the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and other books, and he's a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at UCB. The class began on August 28, 2012 and ended on December 4.
Why should you care about a class that happened in the past? Because all of the lectures were videotaped and are currently available online – and for free! And they're wonderful. If the two I started watching are any indication, they are fascinating, informative, and entertaining.
Here’s the opening session.
If you’re interested in food politics or food trends, I’d recommend checking out the series. I intend to work my way through them – but make no mistake: it is definitely a time commitment. Each video appears to be about 90 minutes and there are at least 17 of them. In addition, Pollon sometimes refers to outside reading which, if you choose to check out those sources, adds to the commitment.
If you do watch any of them, let me know what you think.