Community Conversation

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 7-9 P.M.
Phone: (517) 230-4723
Community Conversation: Janet Kauffman's "The Fantasy of the Clip Art Farm" and Factory Farming in Michigan, Wednesday, March 19, W449, Main MSU Library, 7 p.m. Panel: Janet Kauffman, author of Trespassing and many other books, Arthur Versluis, Chair of Religious Studies at MSU and author of Island Farm, Craig Harris, MSU, Department of Sociology, Wynne Wright, MSU, Departments of Sociology and Community Sustainability, Kauffman's Trespassing: Dirt Stories and Field Notes (Wayne State, 2006) as a whole and "The Fantasy of the Clip Art Farm" depicts the realities of food production in post-Industrial rural Michigan. In particular, she focuses on the meat industry and the environmental and sociological after-effects of farming on rural communities. The essay that will start the discussion at this event more directly addresses the space between the bucolic image still associated with American farming and the vastly different realities of the industry. The other panelists will provide commentary and reflection from their own areas of expertise.