The Serious Side of Food

A Reading and Discussion Series at Seymour Library

Explore the Serious Side of Food during this four-part reading and discussion series facilitated by David Connelly, adjunct philosophy instructor at Cayuga Community College. Participants will read a mix of fiction and narrative nonfiction works selected by noted restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton. The books focus on different food-related topics, including the food industry, healthy eating, diet fads, and the politics and culture of food.

Copies of the selected books will be available at Seymour Library. 

Registration is required. Please email jkolb @ to register and reserve a copy of November’s featured book: “The Road to Wellville” by T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Session 1:

Tuesday, September 27
6 to 7:30 pm

Featured Book: “Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us” by Matt Fitzgerald

Session 2:

Tuesday, October 25
6 to 7:30 pm

Featured Book: “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan

Session 3:

Tuesday, November 15
6 to 7:30 pm

Featured Book: “The Road to Wellville” by T. Coraghessan Boyle

Session 4

Tuesday, December 6
6 to 7:30 pm

Featured Book: “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” by Marion Nestle

About the Presenter:

David Connelly is a retired newspaper editor and publisher, leader of a Pulitzer-winning team and winner of the Syracuse Press Club’s top honor, its professional standards award; writing coach; Cayuga Community College adjunct philosophy instructor; chair of the Cayuga Centers Board of Trustees; author of a recently completed manuscript about the life of the renowned, Auburn-based democracy advocate and prison reformer, Thomas Mott Osborne; Syracuse district U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business journalist of the year; formerly Cayuga Chamber of Commerce board member and trustee chair of Montessori School of the Finger Lakes.

This program is funded by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.