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Fall 2022: Food, Culture & the Environment

Ended Dec 17, 2022

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Food, Culture, and the Environment


UC Berkeley is pleased to offer alumni complimentary access to the online course Food, Culture, and the Environment, taught by renowned Cal instructor Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez, MS, RDN. This course will broadly address the historical, ecological, socioeconomic, biological, political, and cultural environments impacting the human diet and, in turn, how the human diet plays a role in factors such as climate change. It is a nutrition course with an anthropological slant that examines diet and cuisine. Through exposure to these concepts, this course aims to inspire you to become more aware, informed, and intentional about your role and participation in the food system.

Format: online; asynchronous

Dates available: October 3 - December 16, 2022

Optional synchronous sessions (through Zoom):


Meet & Greet with instructor Kristen Rasmussen de Vasquez
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 5:30pm

Cooking Demonstration with instructor Kristen Rasmusssen de Vasquez
Date & Time: 12:15-1:15, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 

Course Expectations:

This course is asynchronous, meaning that you can complete everything at your own pace from Oct. 3 - Dec. 16. There will be recorded lectures and other materials each week, as well as readings and discussion assignments to engage with (all are optional).  At the end of the class, you can test your knowledge with an optional quiz. You will not receive credits for the course or a certificate of completion.


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Access to a computer with internet connectivity