Fans of muckraking journalism and White Castle bashing await Eric Schlossers presentations at these two Belmont Boulevard sites. Best known for penning Fast Food Nation and co-producing the accompanying documentary film, the Manhattan native contends the industry comprising, among other notables, KFC and Mickey Ds, now churns out product comparable to Hollywood movies, blue jeans, and pop music as U.S. cultural exports. Schlossers book-film exposed the chain fry-pit sector for its nasty working conditions and menu offerings of food so fat-laden that a diner would almost be better served ingesting a small can of lard. The free event will see the always-sharp Schlosser (after what should be a presentation that rivals in fascination what a Wendys milkshake offers in calories) field audience questions concerning the nutritional value, security and sustainability of our food supply. Of note, Schlossers next book will focus on the U.S. prison system. Brutality both exposed within the cells and delivered via the authors distinctive style is anticipated. The Belmont University appearance is open to students, while the church appearance is open to the public.
Mon., Feb. 15, 7 p.m., 2010