2012 Community Reads – “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

The Community Reads Project is part of the “one book, one community” movement that has spread across the U.S. from Seattle where it originated. JCC and the Olean Public Library are sponsors of the local program.  For more information on Community Reads Project activities, contact Mary Jermann at 716.376.7594 or maryjermann@mail.sunyjcc.edu.

Available starting January 12: The Omnivore’s Dilemma $5.00 while quantities last @JCC Campus Store College Center 260 N. Union St., Olean.

February 22, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Jeff Davis, JCC Computer Science professor, will facilitate “The Forest & the Perfect Meal,” a discussion based on Section III (The Forest) from The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (JCC College Center Room 124 (Community Room) 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

 
March 9, 2012 7-8:45 p.m. FILM Super Size Me  JCC Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean. “Director and science project Morgan Spurlock sets his sights on the golden arches to make a statement about obesity. He eats nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days and watches as his vital signs go south. He uses this icon as a launching pad to make the statement that our fast food society, including school lunches, the corporations that have molded this culture and the politics involved have combined to make us the fattest nation in the world.” (from http://college.swankmp.com/publicity/Synopsis/0020568.html)

March 10, 2012 1-4 p.m. FILMS The Future of Food 1-2:30 p.m. & Ingredients 2:45-4 p.m.  JCC Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean.

The Future of Food: “With unprecedented clarity, Deborah Koons Garcia’s documentary The Future of Food distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the changes happening in the food system today — genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food — into terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future.” (from http://thefutureoffood.com/stills300/FutureOfFood%20Press%20Package.pdf)

Ingredients: Directed by Robert Bates, “…Ingredients tells the story of America’s local food movement and the chefs, farmers and activists who are revitalizing our broken food system. From innovative farm-totable programs in New York to picturesque sheep farms in Oregon, Ingredients gets to the roots of an alternative food system – healthy and sustainable.” (from http://www.collectiveeye.org/)

March 14, 2012 Noon-1 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Gayle Faulkner, JCC alumna and community health nurse for Cattaraugus County, will facilitate “Nutrition & Fast Food,” a discussion based on Section I (Corn) of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (JCC College Center Room 124 (Community Room) 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

March 14, 2012 1:30-2:30 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Cynthia Dutton, director of Cuba Library, will facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (Cuba Circulating Library
39 E. Main St., Cuba.)

March 20, 2012 12:30-1:30 p.m. BOOK DISCUSSION Librarian Carol Kowalik will facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma. (Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St., Olean.)

March 24, 2012 1-2:30 p.m. CANTICLE FARM PRESENTATION Lori Peterson of Canticle Farm will give a presentation on the benefits of eating locally grown foods and a cooking demonstration. (Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St., Olean)  Canticle Farm is a certified naturally grown, not-for-profit, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Allegany.

April 9-13 JCC’S ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK  A week of service that focuses on our relationship with the land, animals, food, and each other. Students currently enrolled at JCC may attend. There are no fees, and lunch will be provided. Credit is available for Honors Program students. Contact Jessica Kubiak at JessicaKubiak@mail.sunyjcc.edu.

April 16, 2012 VISITING PROFESSOR & BOOK DISCUSSION Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, will co-facilitate a discussion of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and meet with classes at JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus. TBD

April 17, 2012 6:30-8:30 p.m. PRESENTATION Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, will give a presentation on food as a global commodity. Q&A session to follow. (JCC Magnano Reception Room Adjacent to Cutco Theater N. Clinton St., Olean.)

April 18, 2012 Noon-1 p.m.  PANEL DISCUSSION “Organic Food and Farming, Agricultural Subsidies, and the Farm Bill – How Can Local Farmers and Local Food Economies Succeed?” A panel of local farmers will share their experiences and knowledge. Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University will facilitate the discussion. (JCC Magnano Reception Room Adjacent to Cutco Theater N. Clinton St. Olean.)

May 8, 2012 11 a.m.-2 p.m. SPRING FLING Enjoy healthy snacks and drinks during Spring Fling’s Relaxation Day. (JCC College Center 260 N. Union St., Olean.)

All events are free and open to the public.

Events are sponsored by the Olean Public Library and JCC’s Cattaraugus County Program Committee and Faculty Student Association.

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2 Responses

  1. I am very confused about the community reads program and was wondering about some clarification. I am currently reading the book and i am very interested in the series of discussions coming up about the book. Just on problem, I work and none of the discussions are held in the evening when I am able to attend. The only exception is the movie, “Supersize me,” which I do plan to attend. Are there any conversations available in the evening?
    Thank You
    Robin Muscato

  2. On Saturday March 10th there will also be 2 more films shown which relate to the theme of the book. At 1pm “The Future of Food” will be shown and then at 2:45 “Ingredients” will be shown. At 7pm on Wed. March 14th, Cuba library is having a program on Diet & Mental Health at 7pm featuring a speaker from St. Bonaventure. On Saturday, March 24th at 1pm, we will have a presentation by Canticle Farms. On Tuesday April 17th at 6:30pm JCC will have a presentation by Bill Meiers, English and Humanities instructor at Arcadia University, who will discuss food as a global commodity. There will be a Q&A session to follow.

    The actual book discussions do all happen during the day. The one at the Olean Public Library is from 12:30-1:30pm and is designed for people to do on their lunch hour (it is a regularly meeting group – we have several people who come on their lunch hour.)

    I apologize if none of the discussions fit in to your schedule, but I do hope that you will come to some of the other programs in addition to the “Super Size Me” movie.

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