The Caffeinated World: Coca-Cola and Coffee in History, Culture, Politics, and Your Life

6:00 p.m.

Coffee grows wild on the mountainsides of Ethiopia and its seeds have been roasted, brewed, and drunk by humans for at least 500 years. Making up for a history rife with controversy, slavery, and the exploitation of the developing world, coffee has become a major focus for Fair Trade. Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 as a cocaine-and-caffeine-laced nerve tonic and soda fountain beverage, is a much younger drink, but in its short history it has become as ubiquitous and controversial. At the moment, soft drinks are widely vilified as a major culprit in the obesity epidemic. Mark Pendergrast will explore this caffeinated history in an informative, entertaining, and challenging presentation. He is the author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It and Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World. Moderated by New School faculty member, Andrew F. Smith.

Sponsored by the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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