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One Book, One College: Eating Animals

About One Book, One College (OBOC)

OBOC is LAVC's common read program. Each academic year, a new book is selected, which is read throughout courses and across disciplines. The OBOC initiative cultivates opportunities for creativity, scholarship, critical thinking, and academic dialog. It creates a shared intellectual experience for students, faculty, administration and staff.

Upcoming Events 2020

Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Author Talk

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jonathan Safran Foer

The Eating Animals author will speak about food, animals, the factory farm system and its contributions to climate change.

Foer will offer four sessions where he will talk about the book for 20 minutes followed by a live 15-minute Q&A with audience members. This talk is organized by Farm Forward.

Instructors can sign up an entire class and/or people can sign up as individuals to partake in this virtual visit. To accommodate as many classes,  groups, and individuals as possible, there are four sessions all held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021:

Session 1 is 9:00-9:35 AM  PST

Session 2 is 9:45-10:20 AM  PST

Session 3 is 10:30-11:05 AM  PST

Session 4 is 11:15-11:50 AM  PST   

Sign up here

eBook Access

The Library has ten copies of Eating Animals available as an ebook. If ten patrons are viewing the ebook simultaneously, there will be no copies available to view. Should you experience this issue, we recommend checking back later. A Library login is required to access the ebook off-campus.

Access the ebook

Eating Animals: 2020-21 One Book, One College selection

undefined"Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is the groundbreaking moral examination of vegetarianism, farming, and the food we eat every day that inspired the documentary of the same name.

Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important" --jacket copy

"Sensitive to the centrality of food in culture and family life, Foer, author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), frames his first nonfiction book within the story of his Holocaust survivor grandmother’s complex relationship with food and his response to fatherhood ... An indelible book that should reach a diverse audience and deepen the conversation about how best to live on a rapidly changing planet" -- Booklist

"Healthy Eating" Virtual Event - 11/18/20

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Watch the Video Recording

Couldn't make the November 18 event? Not to worry! Watch the recording and get all the recipes.

Watch the Documentary

The documentary film Eating Animals, produced by Jonathan Safran Foer and featuring Natalie Portman, is available through Alexander Street (off-campus viewing requires a Library login).

decorativeAlice Waters, Natalie Portman, and Jonathan Safran-Foer. Image credit: Vanity Fair.

Faculty may embed this video in Canvas, bypassing the need for a Library login. Follow these steps.

Further Reading

Meatpacking was already a dangerous job for California workers. The pandemic made it worse (LA Times, September 2020)

Meat Consumption Through the Lens of the Coronavirus: The End of Meat is Here

In this May 2020 New York Times Op-Ed, "Eating Animals" author Foer reflects on Eating Animals in the current moment.