Eric Schlosser, award-winning author of Fast Food Nation, will be at Black Hills State University Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall to discuss, what he defines as “the dark side of the all-American meal,” as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, is a thought-provoking, research-based account of the rise of the fast food industry and the resulting consequences of the drive for low-cost, rapidly prepared meals. In the exposé on the unsanitary and discriminatory practices of the fast food industry, Schlosser exposes cockroaches and rats found in fast food kitchens, overworked and underpaid employees behind the cash registers, and corporate greed driving the entire industry.
Schlosser will speak to an education psychology and an English class during his visit to campus. Monday evening he will deliver a keynote presentation on his controversial book Fast Food Nation, followed by a question and answer session. A reception will follow the presentation, along with a book signing.
Schlosser has written for Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The Nation, and The New Yorker, among others. He has received a National Magazine Award and a Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for reporting. All three of his books (Reefer Madness, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, and Chew on This) have been national bestsellers. Fast Food Nation is assigned reading at universities across the country and was adapted to film in 2006.
The event is sponsored by the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series. The series was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. Young expressed her desire to host controversial, stimulating, and enlivening speakers at BHSU. It was initiated at the University in 1987, with an address by former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. Other Madeline Young Speakers have included: Terry Waite, former hostage, hostage negotiator and envoy for England’s Archbishop of Canterbury; Felix Justice and Danny Glover, actors; Sam Donaldson, television broadcaster; Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; and Lech Walesa, former Polish president.