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Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Talk by Best-Selling Author and Journalist Michael Pollan

CONTACT: Debby Gardner at (518) 629-8071 or
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

Bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan will give a talk at Hudson Valley Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. Pollan's talk, titled "In Defense of Food: The Omnivore's Solution," explores what the industrialization of food and agriculture has meant for our health and happiness as eaters, and looks at the growing national movement to renovate the food system.

A book signing will follow the program. General admission tickets are $35 each and go on sale beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20. Tickets can be purchased at

For more information about Michael Pollan, author of four New York Times bestsellers (Food Rules: An Eater's Manual; In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto; The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World), visit

The college also will present the Harlem Gospel Choir, which returns to campus by popular demand, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at

Both events are sponsored by the college's Cultural Affairs program. To view the entire schedule of events for the fall 2011 semester, go to

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.