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Historian Joseph Bohling Speaks on Terroir in France

Joseph Bohling, Assistant Professor of History at PSU, will present the real story behind the rise of terroir in post-World War II France.

In today’s debates about the globalization of food and agriculture, there is a tendency to sanctify the local and look to France’s Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) regional labeling system—with its emphasis on terroir or a “sense of place”—as a way to combat the industrial food system.

Instead of treating the AOC system as a natural part of French wine, food, and agriculture, this talk considers the political struggles and fortuitous events that consolidated this influential wine system after World War Two and how it ultimately and unexpectedly became an international model of agricultural production.

The presentation will be in English; some French vocabulary will be introduced. Tickets are $5 for Alliance member and $10 for non-members. Click here to register.

Friday, March 6, 2015 6:15 PM
Friday, March 6, 2015 7:30 PM
$5 members/$10 nonmembers
The Historic Kamm House
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1425 SW 20th Avenue, Portland, OR, United States, 97201-2485

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