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‘Twinkie, Deconstructed’ Author to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan
Presentation is Part of 2008-09 Sagan National Colloquium

January 21, 2009

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DELAWARE, OHIO – To understand the ingredients in a Twinkie snack cake, Steve Ettlinger has traveled to phosphate mines in Idaho, corn fields in Iowa, oil fields in China, and beyond.

On Feb. 5, his journey will bring him to Ohio Wesleyan University, where Ettlinger, author of “Twinkie, Deconstructed,” will discuss his research into processed foods as part of the university’s 2008-09 Sagan National Colloquium.

Ettlinger will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Each year, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium examines an issue of global significance. This year’s topic is “Cultivating a Green Campus: Promoting Sustainability and Environmental Understanding on the OWU Campus and in the Delaware Community.”

In “Twinkie, Deconstructed,” Ettlinger explains how each Twinkie ingredient is “crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name – all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake.” He is the author of several other books addressing the mysteries of consumer products ranging from hardware to beer.

Additional spring semester Sagan National Colloquium speakers are as follows. All presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms. All are free and open to the public.

Feb. 25Richard Jones and guests from The Homestead at Denison University. The Homestead is a student-run community with a focus on ecological sustainability. Twelve students per semester live and work together at The Homestead in pursuit of a more ecologically sustainable lifestyle. Jones served as summer construction coordinator for the community in 2007 and 2008.

March 23Winona LaDuke, Native American activist and member of the Anishinaabe nation. LaDuke is founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network, and program director of Honor the Earth. She previously ran for vice president of the United States as a member of the Green Party. She will discuss environmental justice from a Native American perspective.

April 15Robert B. Jackson, Ph.D., Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change and professor of biology at Duke University. Jackson directs Duke’s Center on Global Change as well as its Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. In addition, he directs the Department of Energy-funded National Institute for Climate Change Research in the Southeastern region of the United States and co-directs the Climate Change Policy Partnership. Jackson’s research examines how people affect the earth, including studies of the global carbon and water cycles, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, and global change. He will discuss water quality.

Click here for more information about Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium.

Established in 1984, Ohio Wesleyan’s Sagan National Colloquium was endowed in 1999 by John and Margaret (Pickett) Sagan, both 1948 university graduates. The late John Sagan also served as chairman of the Ohio Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1984. Past Colloquium speakers have included President Gerald Ford, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and author Kurt Vonnegut.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.