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