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I’ve now received several excited emails and calls letting me know that someone very special is planning to speak in our town.  I know!  I know!  The cat’s out of the bag, so I guess I shouldn’t wait any longer.  The bubbling, alchemical, activated Sandor Katz is coming to Eugene!

I’m delighted to be hosting him at the Honors College on November 16, 2012, for a free public lecture and book signing at the University of Oregon.  We’ve got posters and publicity on the way, but I wanted to make sure you knew the details:

Friday, November 16, 2012, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
“Fermentation: Coevolution, Culture, and Community”
A free public lecture by Sandor Ellix Katz, Author and Cultural Revivalist
150 Columbia Hall, University of Oregon

A book signing for Katz’s New York Times bestselling book, The Art of Fermentation, will follow the lecture and Q&A from 7:00-7:45, and books will also be on sale 5:30-6:00 before the lecture.  Everyone is welcome and no reservations are needed.  Questions?  Comment here or email honors@uoregon.edu.

If you don’t know Katz’s work, you should.  Called by the New York Times one of the “unlikely rock stars of the American food scene,” he’s a “cultural revivalist,” which is a clever way of defining a food activist who writes about changing the American food system by recovering the lost art of fermentation.  Much of what I’ve written on preservation has been influenced by Katz.  He’s the one who really clued me in on the afterlife of food and role of bacteria in the cycle of life.  Heady stuff, deliciously delivered in a pile of sauerkraut or cup of yogurt.  Simple as being.  Remaining.  Enduring.  Changing.  Emerging. Triumphing.  He’s been featured in every major news outlet and food media, and has given hundreds of lectures and demonstrations all across America and beyond.  This will be well worth your time, I guarantee it.

The talk is made possible by funding from the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the UO Food Studies Program Initiative.  Additional support for a student discussion comes from the Clark Honors College Student Association and the Climate Justice League.

The photo, by the way, is from The Art of Fermentation‘s display at Powell’s Books, where Katz will be speaking on National Pickle Day, November 14, in case you’ll be in Portlandia.  You can pickle that!  Call the store for more details.

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