Food Studies Scholar and Consumer Advocate Marion Nestle Is Macaulay Commencement Speaker

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York, celebrating its 15-year anniversary, announces that noted food studies scholar Marion Nestle, the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, will be its 2016 guest commencement speaker. Dr. Nestle also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. She will address Macaulay’s 500 graduates on June 8, 2016 at 4pm at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Marion Nestle, Ph.D photo by Bill Hayes

Marion Nestle, Ph.D
photo by Bill Hayes

“We are thrilled that Marion Nestle has agreed to speak before our Class of 2016, whom she will surely inspire and energize with her words,” said Mary Pearl, Ph.D., interim Dean of Macaulay. “Our enthusiasm for Dr. Nestle stems from her evidence-based advocacy for healthy diets and her willingness as a scientist to use her findings to advocate for the public good. Her blend of scholarship and advocacy matches Macaulay’s highest ideals.”

Dr. Nestle is also professor of sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  She is the author of six prize-winning books.  Her most recent book, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), has just won the James Beard award for writing and literature, as well as the International Association of Culinary Professionals Grigson award for distinguished scholarship. Dr. Nestle earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley.  She blogs at, and her Twitter account @marionnestle has been named among the top ten in health and science.

About Macaulay Honors College

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