Paul Rozin, Professor of Psychology in Penn Arts & Sciences, will present the topic "Living with Food in the 21st Century".
Quoted heavily in Michael Pollan's bestseller, "The Omnivore's Dilemma", Dr. Rozin's research in cultural psychology is focused on understanding the role of food in human life and ethnopolitical conflict. Examples include comparative studies of food attitudes and the function of pleasure in a number of cultures, including the USA, France, India and Japan; the role of relatively subtle environmental factors (such as portion size) on food intake; ambivalence to foods, especially meat and chocolate; and attitudes and beliefs about the relationship between diet and health. Work on ethnopolitical conflict includes studies of ethnic aversions, forgiveness, and attachment to land. This work is carried out in the USA, but also Israel/Palestine and Sri Lanka. Behind all of this is a general interest in cultural evolution.
The luncheon is at 11:45 A.M. on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. More information.