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Wellbeing Lecture Features Michael Pollan on March 29

Michael Pollan's Wellbeing Lecture, How Cooking Can Change Your Life, will be held at 7 p.m., March 29, at the Northrop, at the University of Minnesota.

In 2012, the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing launched the Wellbeing Lecture series to create settings where themes, ideas and research about wellbeing could be explored. Each year, the series invites internationally regarded experts to share new knowledge, tools and practices.

Pollan is the author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013) and of four New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006); and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the 10 best books of 2006 by both The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Pollan makes a compelling case that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health and wellbeing, build community, help fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. Approached in the proper spirit, Pollan suggests, cooking becomes a political act.

Pollan was named to the 2010 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders”.

Cost: $25 ($5 for UMN students). Location: 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis. For more information, visit

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