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Around Nature Discussion Series

The Taste of Nature

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Zoom Event

In Collaboration with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy

Watch a recording of the session on YouTube.

Moderated by Yadira García, this panel with Stefani Bardin, Danielle Nierenberg and Simran Sethi will address global food economies of the past, present, and future, focusing on food and technology, alternative food systems, and the loss of cultural food practices as a consequence of globalization.


Stefani Bardin explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system and the environment. She works with neuroscientists, biologists and gastroenterologists to ground her research in the scientific world. These investigations take the form of single and multi-channel videos, immersive and interactive installations as well as tools for measuring and/or mediating these influences. She teaches classes in Food + Technology + Science + Design at NYU and is also one of the organizers for NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge Food and the City working Group. She is currently a member at the New Museum’s Cultural Incubator.

Danielle Nierenberg is an American activist, author and journalist. In 2013, Nierenberg cofounded Food Tank: The Think Tank For Food and currently serves as its president. She founded Nourishing the Planet while working at the Worldwatch Institute. Nierenberg has authored and contributed to several reports and books, and written for many publications. She holds an MSc in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University and a BA in environmental policy from Monmouth College, Illinois.

Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. Named one of the “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by Vogue India and the “environmental messenger” by Vanity Fair, Simran has written for outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Guernica and The Guardian. Simran is the creator of The Slow Melt, the first podcast on the cultural and environmental stories behind chocolate and the winner of the 2017 Saveur award for Best Food Podcast. She is also a contributor to the National Public Radio program Good Food, and was one of the first inductees into Heritage Radio Network’s Hall of Fame.

Yadira Garcia is about revolutionizing the way we view health and wellness and its connection to our food and where it comes from. She is first and foremost a proud Dominicana, a professionally trained natural-foods chef and certified Integrative Health Coach, who grew up in the South Bronx of New York City. She is now leveraging her experience as a community activist, educator, and chef under the platform she created, Happy Healthy Latina. Happy Healthy Latina is helping to address environmental justice through repairing local food systems, nutrition education, and health inequities in NYC, especially in underrepresented and underserved neighborhoods.  

About the Series

This multidisciplinary project by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and artist Juanli Carrión explores the consequences of the Magellan-Elcano expedition. On the occasion of the 5th Centenary of the first trip around the world, accomplished by Juan Sebastian Elcano, Spanish artist Juanli Carrión has organized a series of programs that include online discussions presented in collaboration with Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

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