University of the Pacific names new director of food studies

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Polly Adema
Polly Adema

SAN FRANCISCO — The University of the Pacific appointed Culinary anthropologist and folklorist Polly Adema as director of the Master of Arts in Food Studies. The program, at the school’s San Francisco campus, is the first of its kind on the West Coast.

Prior to joining the University of the Pacific, she directed the Folk Arts Program for Arts Mid-Hudson in New York. She also ran a robust business working across food industry sectors.

Adema also wrote “Garlic Capital of the World: Gilroy, Garlic, and the Making of a Festive Foodscape.” The book focused on California’s Gilroy Garlic Festival.

At the University of the Pacific, Adema will administer the Food Studies program. The program is designed for professionals interested in the ways that people have grown, prepared and profited from food. The program helps students succeed in food-related professions, from food writing to food advocacy, policymaking, marketing and management.

She will also oversee the Food Studies Saturday Seminars. The seminars are free public discussions that focus on a variety of aspects of food culture and industry.

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