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By Janelle Baker March 6, 2019 - 1:40pm

Hi everyone,

I have signed up as a classroom instructor for this event (we can join at all listed times) and anyone from Athabasca U is welcome. Please use this link for details on the event and on how to join in:


Details on the event:

Please consider joining us for the 2019 Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visit, an interactive webinar event where you can engage with Foer on food, animal, and environmental ethics, as well as related themes covered in his book Eating Animals, which was also recently adapted into a documentary. This year's event takes place Monday, April 8, and there are four sessions to choose from throughout the day. Many educators have found the event valuable for courses on the anthropology of food and human-animal studies, and we also encourage participation from individuals and organizations within and beyond academia. Use of Foer’s book Eating Animals is not required for participation.

Set in the context of a larger journey of exploration, Eating Animals presents what many consider the most important popular critique of industrial farming. As part of our broader educational efforts, Farm Forward, a national nonprofit organization, is covering all costs of this program.

Foer’s first two books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, have both been made into major motion pictures and, while highly regarded for their literary merit, are also popular with the college demographic. Eating Animals has also recently been adapted into a major documentary. Produced by Natalie Portman and directed by Christopher Quinn, the documentary premiered to widespread acclaim at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival.

Kirkus Reviews called Foer's Eating Animals “wholly compelling” and the LA Times argues that it offers a wisdom “that, in all its humanity and clarity, deserves a place at the table with our greatest philosophers.” In recent years both Duke University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill made it required reading for their incoming freshman class. The most frequent comment we hear from educators who use Eating Animals is “I’ve never had such great classroom discussion!”

On April 8, 2019, Jonathan Safran Foer will make a number of virtual classroom visits to discuss Eating Animals, using professional webinar technology. See further details below.

Because Eating Animals looks at the consumption of animals from a variety of perspectives, it has been used successfully in a wide range of academic fields, including Business, English, Environmental Studies, Nutrition, Philosophy, Public Policy, and Religious Studies.


Schedule of Sessions (U.S. Eastern Time) - Monday, April 8, 2019

     Session 1 – 12:00pm - 12:35pm

     Session 2 – 12:45pm - 1:20pm

     Session 3 – 1:30pm - 2:05pm

     Session 4 – 2:15pm - 2:50pm







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