Foer’s Virtual Classroom Visit

Hosted by Farm Forward

On March 30, 2017, Farm Forward will hold the fifth series of “Virtual Classroom Visits” with Jonathan Safran Foer! Participation is welcome from college and high school classes, and we also encourage interested individuals and organizations within and beyond academia to join us in this complimentary event.

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On October 27, 2015, Farm Forward held its fourth series of “Virtual Classroom Visits,” where author Jonathan Safran Foer met with over 2,500 high school and college students to discuss animal and food ethics, including many of the themes from his award-winning book Eating Animals. More than 80 individual classes participated in this year’s event from a number of high schools and universities across the US, including the University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University. Over the past four years, over 11,000 students have taken part in this exciting program, giving all participants the opportunity to interact with Jonathan live in their classrooms. And the response from teachers and students has been overwhelmingly positive.

The students got so much out of the presentation, our class ran 30 minutes over!” —Melina Macall, Montclair State University

My classes really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in something greater, and I think the messages really hit home for many of them. The students wanted to know more, so we put all normal curriculum on hold and are exploring Eating Animals!” —Joshua Ostini, Pioneer Valley High School

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Watch a recording of one of Foer’s 2015 Virtual Visits

In 2014, the program went international! In conjunction with the 2014 Virtual Visits with Foer, celebrated German journalist and animal advocate Hilal Sezgin led Farm Forward’s first series of virtual visits in Germany. Sezgin’s book No Animal Welfare without Liberation has become a landmark text in Germany for its powerful arguments against industrial agriculture and animal exploitation, and nearly 70 groups throughout Germany signed up to discuss these issues with her. One of the major highlights of the day was a joint session which took place with both Sezgin and Foer as co-hosts. Participants were thrilled at the opportunity to interact with both writers and to watch them dialogue with one another.

Sign up now to participate in the 2017 Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visit!

It’s only with your support that Farm Forward will again be able to sponsor these unique virtual visits, ensure that the program’s cost is covered in its entirety, and provide free copies of Eating Animals to schools facing economic hardship.

Will you please support our Virtual Classroom Visits program by making a donation to Farm Forward today?

Eating Animals proclaims the message that changing the way a nation eats is as much a cultural issue as it is a political one. Yes, reforming farming requires social and political action—but it also requires the work of writers, artists, scholars, and religious leaders. That’s why 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 its author 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 all incoming students at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill were required 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 George Mason University, New York University, and Rutgers. One of the reasons the book appeals to educators is that it is meticulously researched, making it a reliable reference for factual information about animals raised for food. Another reason is the nature and arrangement of its subject matter, which makes Eating Animals ideal for the development of critical thinking skills.

In the book’s introduction, Foer writes that eating animals is “a slippery, frustrating, resonant subject. Each question prompts another.” It is precisely this willingness to both confront complexity and still call for decisive action that makes Eating Animals unique.

Questions or comments about the Virtual Visit Classroom program can be sent to Joey Tuminello at josepht@farmforward.com.

(Also, did you know that actress Natalie Portman is producing a documentary film based on Eating Animals? Read our feature about the documentary here and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.)

Educational outreach programs are just one example of how Farm Forward puts individual contributions to work to promote conscientious food choices and end factory farming. You can join our network of supporters by making a donation that will help us continue our important work. To stay up to date on our projects and to learn about how you can get involved, please sign up for the Farm Forward newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.