Research Fellow, University of Michigan; Visiting Scholar 2019-2021, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
October 9, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Join CES to launch this new monthly series which is inspired by the Center’s long tradition of bringing the community together for lunch on Fridays. The series will aim to explore a diverse array of topics relative to food – from European food culture to food’s environmental, social, security and public policy implications and impacts.
The vegan lifestyle movement is a growing global phenomenon, with many inspired to adopt plant-based diets for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Yet, the lifestyle is controversial, and is viewed differently around the world.
In this talk Nina Gheihman explores what it takes for societies to “cross the cultural chasm” between the early adopters and the mainstream, and the role of cultural entrepreneurship in translating global cultural practices into local societal contexts.
Gheihman illustrates these dynamics in the contrasting cases of the United States, which has created cultural conditions for the rise of veganism, and France, which resists its popularization despite global spread due to deeply ingrained cultural attachments that currently prevent it from fully entering the mainstream. For more information about Nina Gheihman's research, read this recent interview with CES.
This event is part of Worldwide Week at Harvard, which will be celebrated from October 5-9, 2020.
Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the remarkable breadth of Harvard’s global engagement. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations host academic and cultural events with global or international themes. This year, events focus on themes of social justice and human rights, pandemics and global health, Governance and democratic leadership.