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"In Defense of Food" Selected for "Go Big Read" Reading Program

This fall, the university will launch "Go Big Read," a common reading program intended to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members in a shared, academically focused reading experience. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate by reading the book, and taking part in classroom discussions and campus events.

"In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," by Michael Pollan is the book for the inaugural year. From the Go Big Read website:

Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto examines the modern American food landscape where the deceptively simple question of what to eat has been muddled by the numerous and often conflicting claims of food producers, marketers, and nutrition experts

Author Michael Pollan will visit campus Sept. 24-26 for a series of major events for campus and the community.

The UW-Madison Libraries are working with the publisher to secure copies of the book for students at a substantial discount. Arrangements are also being made to assure that the book is available in campus and public libraries, as well as in local bookstores.