Are We What We Eat? The Culture of Food

About the Panelists

gustavo_taco_fob14Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America and Orange County: A Personal History. He writes the nationally syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!,” which was published in book form in 2007, and is a lecturer in the Chicana and Chicano studies department at California State University, Fullerton. Arellano has been honored by the Los Angeles Press Club, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the California Latino Legislative Caucus. A lifelong resident of Orange County, Arellano is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom was “illegal.

Jonathan Gold_fob14Jonathan Gold is the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he began writing the column “Counter Intelligence” for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin, and is delighted that he has managed to forge a career out of eating. Gold formerly taught in the USC Master of Professional Writing Program.

Gertrude & Mabel PhotographyDana Goodyear is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Anything that Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture as well as two books of poetry. She teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC and is co-founder and co-president of Figment, a youth-oriented mobile platform for reading and writing fiction.


MichaelQuick_FullLength_fob14Dr. Michael Quick (Moderator) is the Executive Vice Provost and a professor of biological sciences at USC. He received his PhD in neuroscience from Emory University and studied as a post-doctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Quick’s scholarship focuses on how drugs of abuse such as cocaine and nicotine, and therapeutic drugs such as antidepressants, change the activity of individual neurons in the brain.