Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Conversation with Michael Pollan” for one night only

Like a wonderful dessert, Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 23/24 In Conversation series concludes with one of today’s top thought leaders – Michael Pollan.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents “A Conversation with Michael Pollan” for one night only on Monday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pollan’s numerous articles and books have earned him the distinction as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. This event will focus on discussing his more than 30 years of expertise about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens and in our minds.

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Pollan is the author of nine books, including This Is Your Mind on Plants, How to Change Your Mind, Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals was named one of the 10 best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. In it, Pollan describes the four basic ways that human societies have obtained food: the current industrial system, the big organic operation, the local self-sufficient farm and the hunter-gatherer. The book also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Oscar-nominated 2008 documentary, Food Inc., was partly based on this book and Pollan appears in the film.

Pollan’s 2001 book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, also a New York Times bestseller was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and His exploration of the concept of co-evolution, specifically of humankind’s evolutionary relationship with four plants – apples, tulips, marijuana and potatoes – became the basis for a two-hour documentary by PBS.

How to Change Your Mind, a book about the history and future of psychedelic drugs was named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2018, and in 2022 was adapted into a critically successful four-part docuseries for Netflix.

His most recent book, This is Your Mind on Plants, an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants and the taboos we place on them, was a New York Times bestseller and one of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction of 2021.

A long-time contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics and still teaches writing at Harvard University.

Tickets for “A Conversation with Michael Pollan” start at $49 and are available for purchase online at, in person at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or by phone at 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts of 10 or more, call the Group Services offices at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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