Michael Pollan St. Louis Speaker Series: Maryville University Guests arrived at the St. Louis Club for a cocktail hour honoring Michael Pollan. The St. Louis Speaker Series, presented by Maryville University, welcomed the professor of journalism and food activist. The writer spoke on the areas of food, sustainability and healthy eating. Guests at the cocktail hour included Maryville University president Dr. Mark Lombardi and Candace Chambers, assistant dean and program director, sciences professor of chemistry.