Virtual Tea Colloquium Will Address Ties Between Tea and Health

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The UC Davis Global Tea Initiative’s seventh annual colloquium, “Tea and Beyond: Bridging Science and Culture, Time and Space,” will bring together scholars from around the globe presenting on topics such as tea and general health, anxiety, meditation, use of teas by Indigenous people and specific ethnic populations, and examining non-tea infusions that are often marketed as tea. Taking place Jan. 13, the all-day, online presentations are free and open to the public. Register for the colloquium.

“The colloquium always aims to provoke new understandings and thoughts about tea from across the disciplines, and this year is no different,” said Katharine Burnett, faculty director of the Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science and a professor in the Department of Art and Art History. “Although GTI’s primary emphasis is on true tea, Camellia sinensis, we recognize that different things are consumed as tea and many tea companies sell these. International experts will address how tea and other drinks are used for health and wellness, and the ways that people around the globe use teas as a way of relating to the world in terms of health, ceremony, sustainability, marketing and more.” 

The keynote address, “The Popularization of Food as Medicine and Its Impact on Tea,” will be given by Nada Milosavljevic, a board-certified physician in psychiatry and neurology who holds posts with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was medical director of BodyLogicMD and is founder of Sage Tonic, two companies that develop and sell teas, supplements and other products. She is also an attorney who specialized in intellectual property.

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