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Petri Dish: Our Ever-Evolving Diet

Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm9:00 pm

$8 – $10

New diets pop up with predictable regularity, grabbing hold of the collective imagination and resulting in the ritual purging of suddenly suspect foods. High-fat, low-fat, low-carb, the variations are numerous as are the claims that a particular diet is best. Sorting fact from fiction when it comes to the right way to eat can be challenging. But was there a time when we had a perfect diet? Is there a place where people eat ideally? There are myriad diets claiming they have answers to exactly these questions.

Join us this fall for a special Petri Dish series, exploring topics relating to food in conjunction with the museum’s Our Global Kitchen exhibit. Our expert panel will explore what science has to say about the role of evolution, the causes of the obesity epidemic and much more.


Panelists: Marlene Zuk, Craig Hassel, and Traci Mann

Marlene Zuk
Professor & Associate Dean — Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Craig Hassel
Professor — Food Science & Nutrition

Traci Mann
Professor — Psychology; Health and Eating Laboratory

Tickets (Online or at the door)

$10 for general public
$8 for Bell Museum members

Tickets include admission to the Our Global Kitchen exhibit. Doors open at 6 pm—come early to explore the exhibit and grab a drink at the cash bar. Then get ready for trivia and lively discussion starting at 7 pm.

Tickets on sale at UMN Tickets


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This event with be presented with open captions. Assisted listening devices available on request. The Bell Museum strives to make its facility and events accessible to all. We are happy arrange other accommodations with a two-week notice. For additional information or to request an accommodation, please contact Caitlin at 612-624-4268 or bellaccess@umn.edu.

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About Petri Dish

Isn’t life fascinating? It gets even more interesting when you put three University of Minnesota experts with distinct perspectives together in the same room for an unscripted, free-flowing discussion. No Powerpoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations.

Petri Dish events are co-sponsored by the Bell Museum and the College of Biological Sciences.


Wednesday | December 12, 2018
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
$8 – $10
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