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The Ethics of Eating

Date: October 4, 2013

Andrews University invites the community to attend the 2013 McElmurry Ethics & Society Lectureship Oct. 3-5 in Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall. This year’s topic is “Omnivores or Herbivores: The Ethics of Eating.” Admission is free.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, with a keynote presentation by Marion Nestle of New York University. The title of her presentation is “Ethical Food Politics: Personal responsibility vs. social responsibility.”

Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a PhD in molecular biology and an MPH in public health nutrition, both from University of California, Berkeley.

The lectureship continues on Friday, Oct. 4, with Lee Lavanway of the Benton Harbor Farmers Market presenting at 10:30 a.m. on “Sooner Than You Think: Eating Locally Year Round” and Matthew Halteman of Calvin College presenting “Compassionate Eating as Care of Creation.”

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Rahel Schafer, assistant professor of religion and biblical languages at Andrews University, will present “All Creatures Great and Small: The Biblical Argument for a Plant-Based Diet” at 9:30 a.m. This will be followed by “All Creatures Great and Small: The Ethics of Caring for the Non-Human Members of Society” presented by Jerry Winslow at 11 a.m. Winslow is the vice president for mission and culture at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., and serves as chief culture officer for their system of six hospitals. He is also director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership and professor of religion at LLU, specializing in biomedical ethics.

The McElmurry Ethics and Society Lectureship is funded by the Leland R. McElmurry and Evelyn F. McElmurry Charitable Trust at Andrews University.

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