Thu, 10/22/2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Devouring the Earth: How British Food Changed the World, Assoc. Professor Chris Otter (a Clio Society Presentation)

Location: Whetstone Library Community Room

Contact: Emily Brownlee

Between 1750 and 1900, the British diet underwent significant change, becoming much richer in meat, wheat, and sugar. This talk explores a series of significant consequences of this dietary transition, including the transformation of agrarian ecologies across the globe, and the accelerated, human-driven evolution of cattle, pigs, wheat and sugar. At a national scale, this recognizably “British” diet, albeit one with regional peculiarities, provided the calorie flows necessary for the domestic labor force to power the industrial revolution. While calorie levels rose on the British mainland, there were also a growing list of dietary pathologies, from constipation, food allergy, diverticulitis and tooth decay to anorexia nervosa and obesity. Our contemporary food crises--including world hunger, the diabetes epidemic and the limits of human global carrying capacity--has a much deeper history. 

Whetstone Library Community Room
3909 N. High Street
Columbus, OH  43214

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

"I had the Best Childhood": Growing up in Ohio Orphanages in the 20th Century, Assoc. Professor Birgitte Søland (a Clio Society Presentation)

Location: Whetstone Library Community Room, 3909 N. High Street, Columbus

Contact: Laura Seeger

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