April 17, 2019 4:15 PM - 5:45 PMOrion Room Students' Union Building
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Description: All life eats. Overwhelmingly, we eat what others around us are eating.
However, some of us — for example, many Jews, so called “ethical
omnivores,” and vegans — make a point of eating differently. We are
ready to risk inconvenience, expense, and even annoying, angering, or,
sometimes, inspiring others in response to how we eat. What does it mean
to be the kind of animals that get to decide what we eat? And what does
it mean to decide to eat animals differently, or not to eat animals at all,
in North America today? Beyond the important questions of animal cruelty
and ecology most commonly discussed in connection with meat, what does
the question of meat have to do with sex, gender, race, religion, and
Judaism? Come join the conversation.
Short Bio: Aaron S. Gross is a historian of religions at the
University of San Diego who focuses on modern and contemporary Jewish thought and
ethics. Thematically Gross’s work centers on the study of animals and religion, and food
and religion. He is active in the leadership of the Society for Jewish Ethics and the
American Academy of Religion’s Animals and Religion Group, and founded and serves
as CEO of the nonprofit advocacy organization, Farm Forward.
Additional Note: Dr. Gross will also be participating in a panel discussion on April 16 th
at 4:30 about food and religion (held in the Orion room at the Student Union’s Building).