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Duke, UNC Choose 'Eating Animals' for Summer Reading

Duke, UNC Choose 'Eating Animals' for Summer Reading

The two universities decided to consolidate their summer reading programs this year to further strengthen ties between the neighboring campuses.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DURHAM, N.C. -- "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer will be the 2011 summer reading book for incoming students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

On Monday, a 21-member selection committee of students, faculty and staff from both universities chose the book from six finalists. Students on the committee described "Eating Animals" as an even-handed review of the food industry - not a campaign for vegetarianism....

The UNC newspaper reported on this at . The paper's editorial board also published a dismissive critique of the choice in their Quick Hits section saying, "Eating Animals: It's about the origin of our food. Yeah, we get it -- animal cruelty, caged birds, inhumane practices. But there must be more pressing concerns for N.C.'s future leaders than the decision between meat and tofu."

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