Blog / Eating animals, devouring books, ingesting art


By Wendy

This summer, incoming first-year students at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill are reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals. The Nasher Museum is in on the conversation, through a collaboration with Duke Summer Reading and the Duke Reads Online Book Club.

An installation in the museum’s education gallery presents more than 30 works relating to the book. The installation will challenge visitors–whether carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians or vegans–to think about what eating meat means to them. It includes works in a variety of media spanning more than 2,000 years.

Jillian M. Williams (Trinity, class of 2014)  is one of many incoming students reading the book.
She challenges her classmates to have an open mind with Jonathan Safran Foer. Perspective, she writes, is one of the most powerful forces she has come to know.

“Remember, growth occurs as much outside of class, as in it,” she writes.
Read the rest of her post here.

The installation at the Nasher Museum is on view through October 16, 2011.

IMAGE: Rosa Bonheur, “A Group of Six Sheep,” 19th century. Graphite on paper, 9 3/8 x 11 ½ inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of George and Alice Welsh, 2001.15.5.


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