Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Seminar Series


Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Journalism; Director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley; Contributing Writer to The New York Times Magazine

The Rudd Center Seminar Series welcomes speakers from different disciplines to present and discuss their work and its implications for the study of obesity and food policy. The Rudd Center is interdisciplinary, and our meetings are attended by a diverse group representing psychology, public health, law, medicine, nursing, public policy, and other fields. Our meetings are open to the public, and all are invited to attend.

An archive of past speakers is available.

Unless otherwise noted, our seminars are held at the Rudd Center, located at 309 Edwards Street in New Haven, Connecticut. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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Spring 2014 Speakers

Jacob Hacker, PhD

Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University

The Politics of 'Policy Feudalism' -- Why Corporate America Defers to Its Most Self- Interested Members on Food Policy and Much Else


12:30 pm

Walter Gilliam, PhD

Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University

International Collaborations in Early Childhood Development in the United Arab Emirates and China



Parke E Wilde, PhD

Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Innovations in SNAP: Merit Goods and Healthy Incentives


12:30 pm


Podcast II


William R. Spencer, MD

Suffolk County Legislator

The Politics of Public Health Policy


12:30 pm


Podcast II

Faith Boninger, PhD

Research Associate, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Examining Trends in Schoolhouse Commercialism


12:30 pm