Distilled: Pub Talks

Held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny, Distilled features free public talks by Willamette scholars. No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.

May — No Distilled: Pub Talk

June 6 — The Revolutionary Power of Plant-based Diets

Because of an annual event at the venue and Willamette’s commencement in May, the next Distilled will be on June 6 at 7:30 p.m., when visiting professor Anne DeLessio-Parson will present “The Revolutionary Potential of Plant-based Diets.” 

"Our individual-level food choices connect us to social structures," says DeLessio-Parson. "As we come to see these connections, the question becomes: How can we eat for liberation? We'll talk about social justice and the revolutionary potential of plant-based diets."

After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s and masters in political science from Boston University, DeLessio-Parson earned her masters in rural sociology as well as her doctorate in sociology and demography from Penn State. DeLessio-Parson’s recent research explores the social implications of vegetarians and vegans who choose to buck barbecue in Argentina’s carnivorous culture.

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Just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 p.m.

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