Eating Green: A Conversation about Food, Consumption, and Sustainability
The Andrew Wolf Memorial Conference
Cosponsored by the Society for Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs; American University Philosophical Society; Department of Philosophy and Religion; Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; School of International Service; Philosophy Graduate Student Council; CAS Graduate Student Council; Graduate Leadership Council; Center for Teaching, Research and Learning; and Community Action and Social Justice.
Eating Green is a one-day food and ethics conference concerned with environmental sustainability and social justice, with particular attention to how those issues converge around food and eating today. We are bringing together students, scholars, activists, and policymakers in interactive conversation in the hopes of expanding our knowledge about food ethics. The faculty and graduate students planning this conference believe that it is important to ask what is being sustained when the term “sustainability” is used. Sustainability suggests ecological well-being, but certain social inequities, values and norms are also sustained through our relationships with food.
The conference will feature interactive workshops, student research presentations, a panel conversation and keynote speaker, who is going to address the complexity of eating local in a global economy. The conference supports a commitment to social and ecological justice, and will critically examine the culture of eating, growing, and buying food.
The conference honors the memory of Andrew Wolf, a recent graduate of American University whose commitment to social justice serves as a model for students motivated by ethical concerns.
We welcome you to participate in the day’s events.
9:00-5:00 Battelle Atrium
Stop by the Battelle Atrium throughout the day to view the Student Exhibition, where ambition, creativity, and passion for social justice will be on display in various forms. Look forward to a multi-media exhibition that will engage with topics addressed in the panel conversation, the keynote presentation, and the workshops.
Students from Dr. Evan Berry’s Modern Moral Problems course in Food Ethics will be presenting their semester-long activism projects.
9:00 Battelle Atrium
Wake up with coffee and conversation.
Mindful Eating Meditation
9:15-9:45 Battelle 130
With Leslie Butterfield
What does it mean to eat mindfully? Join us for a light breakfast to find out. Through a guided meditation and mindful eating exercise, we will learn some new techniques for slowing down and more thoroughly enjoying mealtime. This may be the best meal of your life! No meditation experience is necessary.
Leslie Butterfield is a second year MA candidate in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation for the past six years and is a strong proponent of bringing mindfulness into all aspects of daily life.
Panel and Keynote Speaker
10:00-11:30 SIS Founder’s Room
Panel: “A Conversation about Food, Consumption and Sustainability”
11:45-1:15 SIS Founder’s Room
Keynote: “Pleasure Once Removed: Eating, Suffering and Violence” (tentative title)
Immediately following Dr. Heldke’s keynote presentation, we will take the conversation to the McDowell Formal Lounge, where we will celebrate the day by sustaining ourselves with provisions provided by Bon Appetit.
2:30-4:30 McDowell Formal Lounge
Featuring Otesha Project; Ed Bruske, a.k.a. the Slow Cook; Martin Rowe of Brighter Green; Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan of Our Hen House; and students from the Beanfields Campus Community Farm
VegBooks and Closing Remarks
4:30-5:30 McDowell Formal Lounge
Vegan Storytelling: A team of mothers striving to raise children with values of love and justice share their creative methods of how to deconstruct society's messages to children. VegBooks is a team of mothers trying to raise their children to love animals and the earth, to strive for justice, and to choose food that supports these values. Kids are bombarded with messages day in and day out, some of which affirm our values and some which don’t. VegBooks assists parents, aunties, uncles, godparents, and friends in finding books and movies that affirm vegetarian values. Together we can raise children who value life, the connections between humans and other animals, and the need to protect the earth and all its inhabitants.