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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

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.

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

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change, International and Global


Schools of Public Engagement


Food Studies, Health, Wellness and Therapy, Environmental Studies, History, Politics


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

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