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"The Dorito Effect" author Mark Schatzker to deliver 2018 O'Toole Lecture

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mark Schatzker, author of the The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, is the speaker for the Dean Lela O'Toole International Speaker Series on April 9, 2018.

The Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences 2018 Dean Lela O’Toole International Speaker Series will feature Mark Schatzker, an award-winning journalist and author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, on Monday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Human Sciences’ Jorns Hall. Members of the campus and Stillwater community are invited to this free event.

Schatzker’s presentation, “The Science of Our Relationship to Food, Flavor and Nutrition,” covers his thesis on the food crisis through the lens of flavor. Schatzker argues that the epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs or any other specific nutrient. This lively and important talk poses that the key to reversing North America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.

Schatzker, from Toronto, is a radio columnist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and a frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Best American Travel Writing. In addition to The Dorito Effect, Schatzker is the author of Flavor and Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef.

Established in 1995, The Dean Lela O’Toole International Speaker Series in the College of Human Sciences focuses on timely and relevant topics related to public policy, ethics and international issues in the scholastic areas of the College of Human Sciences. It is held annually during Human Sciences Week at OSU.

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