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Howard Harrod Lecture

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2014 Harrod Lecture

to be delivered by








Michelene E. Pesantubbee

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Indian Native Studies

University of Iowa


Native American Food Culture and the Industrial Food Complex:  Bringing Back a Bison-Based Diet  

Before the near decimation of the bison population in the mid-nineteenth century Native American peoples across the Great Plains of North America relied upon bison for their material and spiritual needs.  Today, the resurgence of bison herds signals hope for healthier and stronger Native American communities but the road to recovery is made difficult by the persistence of the industrial food complex.  The industrial food complex affects not only Native American diet, but also culture and identity.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

7:00 P.M.

Reading Room


About the Harrod Lecture 

The Howard L. Harrod Lecture was established to honor Harrod, the Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion, who taught for more than 30 years at Vanderbilt. Harrod worked extensively in environmental ethics and activism and was an advocate for new ways of understanding the relationships of humans with the animal and natural worlds. Past Harrod Lectures have been delivered by Catherine Keller, Ray Suarez, David Loy, Tom Dillehay, Mark D. Jordan, and Norman K. Gottwald, and Melissa Snarr.