Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Eating Animals in the 21st Century: To What Extent Should We Limit Ourselves, If At All?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Sierra Hall 314

Chickens on a farmMost people enjoy eating meat and are pleased when they can afford to buy it. They don’t want to limit themselves or feel guilty about their appetites.  Religious thinkers and Religious Studies academics want people to look deeper into their choices.  Professor Gross will describe what goes into the process of getting meat onto our dinner table, and he suggests ways that we may think about the ethical challenges that result from our industrialized animal agriculture. 

Aaron S. Gross is professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego and holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of California, Santa Barbara's Department of Religious Studies. Gross collaborated heavily with Jonathan Safran Foer on Foer’s book Eating Animals and is the author of Animals and the Human Imagination: A Companion to Animal Studies. He has played a leadership role in a wide variety of national and international farmed animal welfare campaigns in the Americas, South Asia, and the Middle East since the mid-1990s.

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