Second Notice: Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visit

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Dear H-JewishRhetorics Members,

We are still accepting participants for the 2017 Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visit, a free webinar event where students and others discuss issues regarding food and animal ethics with Foer. Many of the themes of Foer's book Eating Animals will also be discussed, where Foer draws on his Jewish heritage and identity in reflecting on these issues. The event takes place on Thursday, March 30. We welcome participation from individuals and organizations within and beyond academia in addition to having classroom participation. Please see the letter below for further information, and let me know if you have any questions or if I can do anything to assist you. Thank you for your consideration!


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 AnimalsReserve now for the next event on Thursday, March 30, 2017. 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 March 30, 2017, 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 8 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) - Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Session 1 – 10:00am - 10:35am

  • Session 2 – 10:45am - 11:20am

  • Session 3 – 11:30am - 12:05pm

  • Session 4 – 12:50pm - 1:25pm

  • Session 5 – 1:35pm - 2:10pm

  • Session 6 – 2:20pm - 2:55pm

  • Session 7 – 3:05pm - 3:40pm

  • Session 8 – 3:50pm - 4:25pm

  • 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

  • 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.