In an effort to continue responding to this need, the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute is sponsoring a series of lectures on Food Ethics during the 2011-12 academic year. The series will begin on August 29th with a lecture by food ethicist, and W.K. Kellogg Professor of Agriculture, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, Paul Thompson. The lecture, which is entitled “What Makes Food Good? The Terrain of Food Ethics and the Agrarian Tradition”, will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EST in the Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, on Penn State’s University Park Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will also be streamed live and then made available for later viewing through the Penn State Library Mediasite.
On the Tuesday following this lecture, we will also be working together with the Center for Democratic Deliberation to co-sponsor a Town Hall Forum on Key Issues in Food Ethics for First-Year Students in the Paterno Fellows Program. The forum will feature Prof. Thompson and a panel of experts from the Penn State Community talking about what they perceive to be some of the most pressing food-related questions we face today. After the forum, which will take place on Tuesday August 20 from 4:00 to 5:30 EST in the HUB, Heritage Hall, we will invite everyone to join in the discussion of the central questions addressed there on this blog.
If you are interested in a bit of an appetizer before the events, take a look at these interview clips with Paul Thompson: