Food, Public Health, and Social Justice

Former New York Times columnist and bestselling author Mark Bittman, lecturer and special advisor for Food Policy at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is hosting a lecture series on the food justice movement, connecting the dots between the food system, public health, and health policy. Guest speakers—food experts, labor advocates, and environmental activists—will explore the impact of health disparities, nutrition, and climate change on our food security and supply.

All lectures are open to the public. Space is limited; reserve your spot using the links below.

For questions, contact Lauren Sagnella, Associate Director of Special Events.

2019-2020 Events

Redefining Nutrition: Food in the Era of Climate

November 19, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 PM

Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St, The Lantern
New York, NY

Nearest subway: 1 at West 125th Street 

As the climate crisis deepens, the connections between climate change, our precarious food systems, and health become more apparent and alarming. Join as Special Advisor for Food Policy Mark Bittman and professors Sarah Abiola and Lewis Ziska, explore the nexus between climate change, agriculture, nutrition and health.

Sarah Abiola, PhD, JD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Lewis Ziska, PhD
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

The Climate Crisis and Your Health 

April 21, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 PM

A Virtual Conversation Hosted by the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in partnership with the 92nd Street Y

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect thinking about the climate crisis and public health (and society) in general?

Join Bill McKibben, climate activist, author of Falter and founder of, and Mark Bittman, Special Advisor on Food Policy at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, in conversation about how humanity is dependent on a movement for survival.

We are offering free tickets for Columbia students, faculty and staff. Space is limited; RSVP. 

Members of the public may register for the event on the 92nd Street website.