2018 Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visit

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Dear H-Animal Members,
We're still accepting participants for the 2018 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. This year's event takes place Wednesday, April 4, and there are four sessions to choose from throughout the day. We encourage participation from individuals and organizations within and beyond academia in addition to college and high school classes. We've had many animal studies scholars and their students join us for past events, and it would be great to have even more this year! Please see the below promotional letter for further details and a link to our sign-up page. This article on the event also contains a link to a recording from the 2017 Virtual Classroom Visit: https://farmforward.com/2015/08/28/foes-virtual-visits-2018/. Thank you very much for your consideration, and please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.
Joey Tuminello
Program Coordinator // Farm Forward


Please consider this invitation to bring the critically acclaimed novelist Jonathan Safran Foer into your classrooms to discuss his international bestseller, Eating Animals. Reserve now for the next event on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Limited space is available for this complimentary program.

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 for educators who discuss Eating Animals in their courses.

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. Kirkus Reviews called 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 4, 2018, 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.

Please consider passing this email on, and don’t hesitate to contact me with further questions at the email below.


Joey Tuminello
Program Coordinator // Farm Forward


Additional Information

On the day of the event, there will be 4 available sessions to choose from.  Each session will consist of a 10-minute presentation by Foer, followed by a 25-minute Q&A session. While multiple classrooms will be included in each time slot, there is limited space and high demand is anticipated. With this in mind, we encourage all interested educators to reserve their classroom visit from Foer as soon as possible. Instructors can sign their classes up for a session by visiting our sign-up page.

Schedule of Sessions (U.S. Eastern Time) - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Session 1 – 12:00pm - 12:35pm

Session 2 – 12:45pm - 1:20pm

Session 3 – 1:30pm - 2:05pm

Session 4 – 2:15pm - 2:50pm

Farm Forward is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization which implements innovative strategies to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farm animal suffering, and advance sustainable agriculture. Learn more about us at www.FarmForward.com.

For educators who are interested in incorporating Eating Animals into their respective courses, Farm Forward’s website provides a host of discipline-specific supplemental materials, as well as a comprehensive reading guide for the book. If you already have used Eating Animals in your course and are willing to share your experience, please write me.