Thursday, October 10th from 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

Location: Upstairs Conference Room of the Udall Building, 725 Camino Lejo 

Cost: $10 Member/$15 Not-yet-Member

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Our 2019-20 Lecture Series celebrates the colors of the plant world. In this first lecture for our colors series, Ethnobotanist Mollie Toll joins us to look at colors in the plant world, and then what happens to them as plants are processed for human consumption. We will consider how people have selected for color in their food over time, and what plant introductions have expanded the palette. With the advent of synthetic food colors, how have people been tempted to enhance and decorate their foods?

About the Speaker: Mollie Toll is trained in archaeology/ anthropology as well as plant ecology, and happily integrates the two fields. She spent decades as a museum analyst of plant artifacts for archaeologists, then a science coach for SFPS elementary schools. She is now a museum  outreach educator, plugging human-plant interactions for kids to adult learners. Her favorite teaching assignment ever was four rounds of teaching a semester-long high school class in Ethnobotany in conjunction with ATC and IAIA. inferences. She has also explored the effect of Spanish colonial contact on the development of a regional cuisine in NM.  Mollie earned Masters Degrees in both Archaeology and Plant Ecology, reflecting the balance and connection between these fields.