José Andrés designs sustainability course about food and society

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Celebrity chef and former Commencement speaker José Andrés designed a course to be taught this fall about the interaction between food and society.

Updated: Friday, July 12 at 4:08 p.m.

Celebrity chef and former Commencement speaker José Andrés is continuing a sustainability course to be taught this fall about the interaction between food and society, according to an email sent to sustainability students Monday.

The three-credit class, named “World on a Plate,” includes a lecture from a faculty member or guest speaker between 4:10 and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and a discussion from either 9:35 to 10:25 a.m. or 2:20 to 3:10 p.m. on Wednesdays, the email states. The class, which was previously called “The Sustainable Plate” until this fall, has been offered to sustainability students since 2013, according to former class schedules.

Andrés, who owns several D.C. restaurants including Beefsteak, delivered the Commencement speech to 2014 graduates and spoke during a panel discussion on campus last year.

“In this course, we invite students to think deeply about food in its many different roles, e.g., as a critical factor in public health, as an industry, as a science, as the medium of the craft of cooking and as a political instrument,” Max Gelber, Sustainable GW’s program manager of academics and research, wrote in the email.

Faculty and guest lecturers have been selected for the course and will be announced soon, the email states. Sustainability minors are encouraged to complete Introduction to Sustainability before signing up for Andrés’ course.

Registration for the course is currently open.

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