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
http://bit.ly/fjjAeW . 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."