On the Same Page gives new students in the College of Letters & Science something to talk about: a work by a figure who has changed the way we view the world. This year, we're all on the same page reading The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Read the Book

All new L&S freshmen and transfers will receive free books by mail over the summer, after they have submitted their statement of intent to register. L&S faculty members are receiving their books by mail this spring.

Discuss the Book

Enroll in a Freshman Seminar about The Omnivore's Dilemma or related topics for fall 2009.

Sign up for a one-time discussion about the book. The discussions will take place the week of September 8, 2009; some will be led by faculty and others by continuing students.

Take a class from a faculty member who is incorporating the book into one of his or her regular fall courses.

Become a Facebook fan of On the Same Page, and discuss the book with other fans.

Encounter Michael Pollan

Attend Michael Pollan's public presentation in Zellerbach Hall on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. This event will be presented in association with Cal Performances' Strictly Speaking series. Hundreds of tickets are being held for students to purchase at half price.

Watch the film Food, Inc., followed by a panel featuring Michael Pollan, director Robert Kenner, co-narrator Eric Schlosser, and farmer Troy Roush at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, in Wheeler Auditorium. Tickets $10 for UC students/staff/faculty; $12 for general public. Ticket information.

Attend "Eat, Learn, Live: The Ultimate Interactive Food Experience with Internationally Acclaimed Food Expert Michael Pollan," on Thursday, October 1, from 4-6:00 p.m. in the Krutch Theater on the Clark Kerr Campus. This event is co-sponsored by Cal Dining.

Win a drawing to attend the Chancellor's reception for Michael Pollan on September 30, 2009: winners will be selected from among the students attending faculty- or student-led discussions the week of September 8.

Attend Related Events

Hear a panel discussion on the global food crisis on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:30 pm in the Maud Fife Room (315 Wheeler Hall).

Take Action

Change your life and create positive change on campus, in Berkeley, and on the planet. Explore student and community organizations and get more involved.


Last Year's Event: Ang Lee and James Schamus

Ang Lee and James Schamus

Filmmaker Ang Lee and producer James Schamus appeared at Zellerbach Hall on March 16, 2009. For more information, see the press coverage and Lee event home page.


Previous Event: Garry Wills

Portrait of Garry Wills

Garry Wills spoke at Zellerbach Hall on September 26, 2007. For more information, see the Wills event home page.


Inaugural Event: Stephen Hawking

Book cover

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking spoke to an overflow crowd at Zellerbach Hall on March 13, 2007. For more information, see the press coverage and Hawking event home page.