NYU’s Fales Library, the home of one of the nation’s largest collections in food studies, will host a panel discussion titled “What Exactly Is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future” on Thursday, April 2.

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New York University’s Fales Library, the home of one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious collections in food studies, will host a panel discussion entitled “What Exactly Is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future” on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Fales Library, third floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.].

How do we as a society define “sustainability?” Is it 30% recycled materials? Is it a law banning plastic bags? Urban composting? Can a chef in Brooklyn and a rancher in the far West really talk and walk the walk? Can cattle be ecofriendly?

“Sustainability is front page news “buzzword” which needs more than its fair share of annotation,” said Clark Wolf, founder and president of Clark Wolf Company and the panel’s host-moderator. “Please join us to hear some of the latest headlines and skirmishes in the battle for some “sensible sense” of sustainability in food stuffs and beyond, as our panelists examine the possible tipping points in the fight for balance.”

The panelists include:

Jane Black, Food Writer (editor of Stone Barns’ newsletter and former Washington Post reporter);
Nicolette Hahn Niman, author of Defending Beef;
Johann Rinkens, fields without fences certified organic perennial orchard in Frenchtown, NJ
Gustavo Sentrini, assistant professor of Food Studies at NYU;
Andrew Whitcomb, chef at Colonie in Brooklyn, New York.

Host: Clark Wolf, food and restaurant consultant. Wolf has more than thirty years of experience in the food industry and is founder and president of Clark Wolf Company, a New York City and Sonoma County, California based food and restaurant consulting firm.

MEDIA ONLY: Reporters interested in covering or attending the event must contact Christopher James at 212-998-6876 or email christopher.james@nyu.edu.

Suggested donation: $10. All gifts support the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection. RSVP to: rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu with your name and title/date of the event. For more information the public may call Elizabeth Wiest, 212 992 9744 or email liz.wiest@nyu.edu. Reception to follow.

“What Exactly Is Sustainable: Thinking for a Smart Future,” part of Fales Library’s “Critical Topics in Food Series,” is sponsored by New York University Fales Library; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; and Clark Wolf.


About Fales Library and Special Collections:
The Fales Library, comprising nearly 355,000 volumes and over 10,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Marion Nestle Collection is a vast collection of books and manuscripts documenting food and foodways with particular emphasis on New York City. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1993, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video. Other strengths of the Fales Collection include the Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll Materials, the Robert Frost Library, the Kaplan and Rosenthal Collections of Judaica and Hebraica and the manuscript collections of Elizabeth Robins and Erich Maria Remarque. The Fales Library preserves manuscripts and original editions of books that are rare or important not only because of their texts, but also because of their value as artifacts.

The NYU Division of Libraries holds over 4 million volumes and comprises of five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai,. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 1.2 million electronic journals, books, and databases. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

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