Medford University: The Anthropology of Food

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Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

What's in Your Kitchen and How Does this Impact Your Health?

Medford Campus Theater

No fee

Registration Deadline: April 28


Food represents an integral part of human life, biology, identity and culture. The practical dimensions of food production, consumption, and sharing have relevance across all fields of anthropology.

In this course, the anthropology of food will be explored, in particular, this will be a bicultural exploration of what humans eat and the ways we think about what is good — and healthy food — and what is not. What exactly are our nutritional needs and how has modern society made our choices both immensely wide, but also potentially dangerous to our health? Is a vegetarian diet best for our health? Can we understand more about what we should be eating by looking at the diets of our ancestors?

Join in this program to explore these topics.


Alan Mann is presently Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University. Having received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he has undertaken research around the world, including Africa, Europe and Australia. His current research focuses on the evolution of the Neanderthals and their relationships to modern peoples.

Medford University, under the guidance of Medford Leas residents, offers college-level courses on a regular basis.



Medford Campus Theater
1 Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055