The video of award-winning journalist and author Tracie McMillan’s lecture is now available online.
McMillan delivered the annual Ellen Catherine Gstalder (C’98) in April, titled “Beyond Foodies: Why Talking About Food Could Change the World.” In her fascinating and inspiring lecture, McMillan discussed her experiences reporting on the food industry—including her time spent working undercover—and her view of the role the food industry plays in America.
McMillan is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. To write this ground-breaking book on how food goes from seed to table, McMillan spent a year working undercover in the food industry. Mixing immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and “moving first-person narrative” (The Wall Street Journal), McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired The New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an “overeducated” “authorette” and “threat to liberty.”
In 2012, Whole Living magazine named McMillan a “Food Visionary,” building on her numerous appearances on radio and television programs, which range from the liberal “The Rachel Maddow Show” to the “tea-party favorite” Peter Schiff Show. She has written about food and class for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, Saveur and Slate. Learn more about McMillan on her website.