Workshop: “Chemical Romance”
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
This Valentine's Day in Victoria Vesna's honors class -- Biotech + Art -- we'll explore with Christina Agapakis the history, biology, and chemistry of aphrodisiacs, from medieval nutritional handbooks to modern biochemistry. How do foods influence our moods and stimulate our senses? Are oysters romantic placebos or vectors for arousing micronutrients? Exploring aphrodisiacs can tell us a lot about how we understand nutrition and health as well as the aesthetic and chemical experience of foods.