Food, Power and Politics Lecture

Dr. Marion Nestle (photo credit: Bill Hayes)

Dr. Marion Nestle (photo credit: Bill Hayes)

Inspired by the Food, Power, Politics: The Story of School Lunch exhibit and the School Lunch Challenge cooking competition, the Russell Library established the Food, Power and Politics lecture in 2020. This lecture seeks to use food as a pathway to educate the University of Georgia, Athens-Clarke County, and wider publics about history, politics, nutrition, community, and culture.   

Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor Emerita of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, will deliver the inaugural Food, Power and Politics lecture in Fall 2020. A consumer advocate, nutritionist, and author of six award-winning books, Dr. Nestle’s research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity and food safety, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing.     

This event is made possible by the Richard B. Russell Foundation Programming Endowment. Major event sponsors include the Russell Library, UGA Libraries, and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. 

For more information about the Food, Power and Politics Lecture, please contact Dr. Kaylynn Washnock Stooksbury at or 706-542-5788.


Food, Power, and Politics Lectures

2020: Dr. Marion Nestle, New York University

2021: Dr. Susan B. Levine, University of Illinois-Chicago; Wendi Gosliner, University of California, Berkeley; Andrew R. Ruis, University of Wisconsin, Madison 


President Harry Truman (seated) signs the National School Lunch Act of 1946. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. stands third from the left.