The George Washington Leadership Lecture Series presents

Food for Thought:

A Conversation with Michael Pollan

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

5:30 pm Reception

6:30 pm Program

Town & Gown

University of Southern California

University Park Campus

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Please RSVP by Friday, March 10, 2023.

George Washington and author Michael Pollan both have had a profound and enduring influence on humanity’s relationship with food. Washington’s research into how to modernize farming led to new approaches to crop rotation and soil management that remain relevant today. Meanwhile, Pollan’s thoroughly researched books have unearthed insights into how our food is produced and how it shapes our lives.


Please join Pollan in a conversation with USC Price Professor David Sloane as they explore the complex and evolving nature of how to feed a growing population without outstripping nature’s ability to provide. USC Price Dean and distinguished professor of public policy, pharmacy, and economics, Dana Goldman, and President and Chief Executive Officer of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Douglas Bradburn, will provide opening remarks.

The evening will begin with a networking reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar for those over the age of 21.

This event is brought to you by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon.

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About the George Washington Leadership Lecture Series

Established through a generous gift by Maribeth Borthwick '73, who also serves as the Vice Regent for California of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, this lecture series explores the Father of our Country's lifelong accomplishments, providing a better understanding of him as a person, as well as his remarkable leadership, professional achievements, and lasting legacy.

This event will be live closed captioned, in some instances, using AI technologies and, therefore, may not be fully accurate. Upon request, a full transcript is available after the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

For more information, contact Events Manager Katie Maloney at

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