Monday, May 20, 2024

A daylong TEDx conference asking “How do we eat?” is to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Stata Center on Sunday. (Photo: Sebastia Giralt)

The TED conference has exploded, and a great big glob of it lands Sunday in Cambridge to pose the question “How do you eat?”

That is, in the words of the organizers:

We’re bringing together chefs, psychologists, writers, designers and engineers for a surprising look at science, art and the future of food.

The event is inspired in part by Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish “to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

“How do you eat?” is a question meant to be interpreted broadly. We are reaching out to an eclectic pool of speakers including Boston-area chefs, restaurateurs, biologists, psychologists, engineers, designers, artists, writers, and food historians. We’re particularly interested in content related to: sustainability; international development; the global obesity epidemic; the science of food; cutting-edge food technology; architecture, design and food; and food history.

It takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Kirsch Auditorium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Stata Center, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge.

TED — short for Technology, Entertainment, Design — began in 1984 in California and has become an international event, mostly known for four intensive days of talk held each year. But there are also numerous independent offshoots, with Cambridge’s led by Jennifer Brea, a Harvard doctoral students, and others at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For information, click here.