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51st James Ford Bell Lecture, featuring Andrew Lawler

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

What: 2014 James Ford Bell Lecture
When: Thursday, October 23
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
Who: Andrew Lawler

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About the program

According to an ancient Greek legend, chickens found by the side of the road turned the tide in a conflict that may have saved Western civilization. With its mild taste and uniform texture, chicken offers a blank canvas for the flavor palette of almost any cuisine.

The globe-spanning chicken is an epic story of evolutionary, agricultural, and culinary success, outnumbering human beings on the planet by nearly three to one. Chicken is the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease.

How did the chicken achieve such cultural and culinary dominance? Join us on October 23, 2014 to hear award-winning author Andrew Lawler talk about the research for his forthcoming book: “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization.”

About Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler will present at the annual James Ford Bell Lecture on October 23, 2014.

Lawler is an award-winning writer/journalist. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discovery, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. He is a contributing writer to Science Magazine, a contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine, and author of the forthcoming book “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World.”

Born May 25, 1961 in the Virginia port city of Norfolk, Andrew Lawler sold roses, worked as a dishwasher and did a stint in an Alaskan fish cannery before discovering journalism in 1984. As an associate editor at The Futurist, he learned the ropes of publishing and helped redesign the magazine. He then landed a job as a reporter for a space publication just days before the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, and spent the next decade and a half covering Washington politics for a host of newsletters, newspapers, and magazines.

Lawler interviewed Vice President Dan Quayle on Air Force 2, Al Gore in his White House office, and President George Herbert Walker Bush on a trip to Houston.

He also covered Congress, federal agencies, and advisory committees. During that time, Lawler founded “Space Station News,” helped launch the weekly newspaper Space News, and traveled widely around the world writing about space, science, and technology.

After a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism fellow, he founded Science Magazine‚Äôs New England bureau and began reporting frequently on archaeology in the Middle East, Central Asia, India, and China. His stories have appeared in more than a dozen publications, as well as in several volumes of the Best of American Science and Nature Writing. Lawler is now a contributing correspondent to Science Magazine and Archaeology Magazine.


October 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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