Capital University Presents Acclaimed Author, Nutritionist, Consumer Activist Marion Nestle

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

News-Marion-Nestle-252Capital University will host Dr. Marion Nestle, the award-winning author of Food Politics and What to Eat, consumer activist and nutritionist, as the keynote speaker for its 17th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship at 7 pm Tuesday, April 9, in Mees Hall on the Bexley campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nestle will use her keynote address to discuss her research on scientific, economic and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. She is a Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health and professor of sociology at New York University. 


Nestle also writes the Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle and blogs at and for The Atlantic. Her Twitter account, @marionnestle, was recently recognized by TIME magazine as one of the top 140 most influential, and one of the top 10 in health and science.

News-Logo-Local-Matters-200Capital will partner with two local entities committed to the healthy foods movement – Local Matters and The Greener Grocer – for the event. Local Matters is a not-for-profit organization that educates children and adults about what healthful food is, where it comes from, how to grow it and how to cook it. The group works to ensure that everyone in Central Ohio has access to healthful foods and partners with neighborhoods to create opportunities for communities to feed themselves and eat well. 


The Greener Grocer, a close working partner of Local Matters, operates as a Social Enterprise — a business formed to generate social value, not just to generate profits. More than $25,000 in cash, goods and services from The Greener Grocer’s was donated in 2012 to support Local Matters’ programming. Through the partnership, a dinner will be served before Nestle’s presentation.


The following day, on Wednesday, April 10, Capital will celebrate its annual Honor’s Day followed by the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, which highlights students’ original research projects and showcases their scholarship activities. Poster presentations will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Symposium oral presentations will be given in Battelle Hall from 2 to 4:30 pm.


The symposium is open to all undergraduate students. Student scholarship is broadly defined as:

  • Original research, artwork, or creative writing 
  • Integrative literature reviews  
  • Performance pieces 
  • Case study research projects 
  • Scholarly critiques 
  • Unique internships and study abroad experiences 



Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.  



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Tuesday, April 9
7 pm — Keynote address by Dr. Marion Nestle in Mees Hall

Wednesday, April 10
11:30 am – Picnic lunch and student post sessions will begin in The Capital Center Field House
2 pm – Student oral presentations for the 17th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship in various rooms in the Learning Center and Battelle Hall


Contact: Nichole Johnson
614-236-6945 (office)
614-440-9158 (cell) 

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