SUNY Potsdam Hosts 'The World on a Plate' Lecture in Photos


Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, authors of “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets,” will present a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

SUNY Potsdam will host an eye-opening lecture by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at The Crane School of Music. In the keynote address to the 60th annual New York State Sociological Association Conference, the authors will present “The World on a Plate: A Global Photographic Feast.”

This event is free and open to the public.

“The World on a Plate: A Global Photographic Feast” is a fast-paced slide lecture examining the implications of the modern diet for our personal health and for the planet. The presentation includes hundreds of images and personal stories from scores of countries covered in the award-winning books Menzel and D’Aluisio have produced together. The authors’ publications include “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets,” “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” and “Man Eating Bugs: The Art & Science of Eating Insects.”

Their most recent book, “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets,” was awarded the Jane Grigson Award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2011. In addition to beautiful photography, their books contain in-depth stories, captions and interviews; copious statistics and relevant essays, and are therefore described as “‘thinking peoples’ photography books.”

Menzel and D’Aluisio’s other books include “Material World: A Global Family Portrait,” “Women in the Material World,” “Robo Sapiens: Evolution of a New Species,” and a children’s version of “Hungry Planet” called “What the World Eats.”

About the guest lecturers:

Peter Menzel is a freelance photojournalist known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment. His award-winning photographs have been published in GEO, Stern, Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Focus, Muy Interesante, El Pais, National Geographic, Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine and Time. He has received a number of World Press and Picture of the Year awards.

Faith D’Aluisio is a former award-winning television news producer. She is the editor and lead writer for the book-publishing imprint Material World Books. The couple lives in the United States in Napa, California.

The couple is currently working on a book about death and death rituals around the world. Besides photographing and writing, Menzel and D’Aluisio lecture, exhibit and lead workshops. They live in Napa, Calif., and are the parents of four sons.

This event is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s sociology, anthropology, politics, community health and environmental studies departments, as well as by the offices of the President and Provost, The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Education and Professional Studies, the Institute for Ethical Behavior and the women’s and gender studies program. In addition, the Clarkson University Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the St. Lawrence University Department of Sociology have also sponsored the address.

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.