The Houston Chronicle and Austin American Statesman
Newspaper Article (Photo Ha Lam): I have found that everyone has a chocolate story to share. My chocolate
tastes used to be limited to mainly Snickers bars until my travels for research sent me to northern Europe, esp.
Belgium and Denmark. During this time, I gained an appreciation for really dark chocolate,
from grocery store brands to specialty shops. Before traveling, I had the idea to use American candy bars to
teach biological concepts. During my stay in Belgium while surrounded by chocolate,
I wrote an article about my idea and the foundation for a
whole seminar about chocolate started to set.
Read the complete story.
Recently, I also given two professional seminars regarding chocolate:
1. Broad seminar based on my class entitled "The Wonders of Chocolate"
2. New talk on "The Light and Dark Side of Chocolate Buying"
PDF Chocolate Buying Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in sponsoring a talk and/or tasting event.
References can be provided upon request.
From 2004 to 2007, I read different books on chocolate and tried to develop a sense for how
chocolate could be used a model to explore different disciplines that you find
at a small liberal arts college such as Southwestern. You can hear me talk about it in this
News 8 Austin video by Paul Brown (just click on the picture and the video will start).
Fall 2007 brought the first multidisciplinary
FYS on chocolate which I will repeat in Fall 2011.
Fox News 7 also did a piece in 2008 featuring SU students