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Diet and Desire: The Erotic History of Graham Crackers-- Dick Miller
Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Diet and Desire: The Erotic History of Graham Crackers-- Dick Miller
Monday, May 16, 2022 10 am - 12 noon

Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, San Luis Obispo

$5 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members

Dr. Sylvester Graham ( 1794-1851) was a Presbyterian  minister, an ardent teetotaler, a strident vegetarian, and an intense moral reformer determined to save America from the epidemic malady polite Victorians called The Solitary Sin of Self-Abuse.

Today we remember Graham mostly for his snacky cracker, but the Graham Cracker began as the serious nutritional centerpiece of Americas first fully elaborated prescription for wholesome eating, wholesome living, and national prosperity. Grahamism was more than Americas first food fad; it touched nearly nearly every aspect of Victorian culture, and it still endures today. The American breakfast food industry, vegetarianism and veganism, and many of the products in your local health food store all spring from Grahamite roots.

The lecture/discussion course will explore how Victoria religious zeal, reform idealism, health concerns, and fear of masturbation combined to shape lasting American attitudes toward nutrition and sex  including the decline and fall of the Graham Cracker from a high moral wafer to the campfire Smore, the embodiment of everything Sylvester Graham warned us against.

Dick Miller is a retired historian who has great fun taking and teaching LLCC courses.

If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.

By purchasing a ticket to an LLCC event at any venue, event attendee assumes all risks associated with entering a place of public gathering and voluntarily waives any and all claims and potential claims against Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast relating to Covid-19 or any other communicable disease, or that arise from or relate in any way to, however caused, the risk of exposure or actual or alleged exposures to a bacteria, virus or other pathogen capable of causing Covid-19 or any other communicable disease or illness, in each case whether the actual or alleged circumstances gives rise to any claim or potential claim before, during or after the event.  

All courses or classes are subject to rescheduling and cancellation. The safety and well-being of all our members, other course attendees, and volunteers is very important to LLCC, and we thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in class!

Attendance Policies

Course attendees will present a government-issued ID such as a passport or driver's license and proof of a full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the date of a class. Attendees must show a record of a booster dose of vaccine if the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or the single shot from J&J) was taken more than nine months before the day of the class. Attendees who need a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or deeply held religious belief must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the class date.

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear masks (covering their nose and mouth) in all areas of all venues used by LLCC and throughout the class. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.


Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church (View)
1701 Fredericks St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States


Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast
On BPT Since: Jun 04, 2012
Dick Jackson

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