Jonathan Safran Foer, will make a “Virtual Visit” at Antioch University Santa Barbara Wednesday October 3rd, 12 noon, Room 337

Critically acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated) is coming “virtually” to AUSB on Wednesday, October 3 to discuss the issues raised in his international best-seller Eating Animals.

Jonathan Safran Foer is coming to classrooms around the world this fall as part of Farm Forward’s latest educational outreach program. Foer will meet virtually with thousands of high school and college students on Wednesday, October 3 to discuss the issues raised in his international best-seller Eating Animals. Through eight videoconference sessions, provided free of charge by Farm Forward, Foer will lead discussions with students on the pressing problems with today’s food industry, including such issues as animal welfare, environmental degradation, avian influenza, ag-gag, the plight of farmers, and more.

Eating Animals conveys the message that changing the way a nation eats is as much a cultural issue as it is a technical one. Reforming farming requires social and political action, but it also requires the work of writers, artists, scholars, and religious leaders. Farm Forward supports educators who want to incorporate the cultural significance of animals and animal agriculture into their courses. Our hope is that reading Eating Animals and having the opportunity to talk directly with Foer will encourage students to examine the repercussions of their eating habits from a variety of perspectives and help cultivate new advocates for change.

Eating Animals is already required reading in writing seminars at Boston University and Princeton University, and UNC Chapel Hill required all incoming students to read the book in 2011. It has been used in disciplines ranging from environmental and animal studies to history, philosophy, and English at institutions such as Duke University, New York University, and California State University, Long Beach.

This event is free and open to the public.