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2016 LAMP Symposium - "Food, Farming, and Faith"

  • The Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech 875 West Peachtree Street Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30309 United States (map)

Register Now on the Georgia Tech website.

The 2016 Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) symposium will explore issues of food and farming from religious, scientific, historical, and public policy perspectives. LAMP seeks to provide a forum for students, scholars, and community members in Atlanta to consider the current practices and ethical challenges of food production and consumption, from small-scale local agriculture to the global food supply. In keeping with the LAMP vision to promote multifaith understanding in a religiously plural society, speakers will address the unifying concerns for food justice and sustainability and the distinct practices of food preparation and eating that have sustained historical and contemporary religious communities. Through attention to the health of the body, soul, and natural environment, this second annual LAMP symposium aims to work across religious and academic boundaries to promote strong communities, a vibrant nation, and a peaceful and prosperous world.

Program Details

Coffee Gathering (10:30 – 11:00 A.M.) 

Panel One – Local Initiatives (11:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.)

Facilitator & Respondent:
Mindy Goldstein
Clinical Professor of Law at Emory University Law School and Director of Turner Environmental Law Clinic

Panel Discussion: 

Rev. Dr. Nathan Stucky
Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary

Amirah AbuLughod
Stony Point Center Farm in Stony Point, NY

Dr. Jennifer Kraft Leavey
Senior Academic Professional in the School of Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Urban Honeybee Project

Dr. Carl DiSalvo
Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Institute of Technology

Rashid Nuri
President and Chief Executive of Truly Living Well Center, Atlant

Lunch (1:00 – 2:00 P.M.) 
Lunch will be provided for all who register.

Keynote  Address: "Can One Eat Enough?" (2:00 – 3:15 P.M.)

Rabbi Dr. Jonathan K. Crane
Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics

In this age of maladaptive eating in which excess and deprivation are so pervasive, eating enough is both a peculiar thought and practice. Yet reasons and resources are readily available in physiology, philosophy and theology that promote eating (just) enough.

Panel Two: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Food and Farming (3:30 – 5:15 P.M.)

Facilitator & Respondent:
Dr. Jenny Leigh Smith
Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Institute of Technology

Panel Discussion: 

Dr. Andrew M. T. Moore
President of the Archaeological Institute of America

Dr. Jacob Wright
Professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University's Candler School of Theology

Sumayya Allen
Community Agricultural Programming and Design Specialist, Atlanta

Rev. Dr. Jennifer R. Ayres
Assistant Professor of Religious Education at Emory University's Candler School of Theology

Dr. Pramod Parajuli
Director of Program Development for Sustainability at Prescott College

Dr. Bill Winders
Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology

Closing Remarks (5:15 – 5:30 P.M.)

Rabbi Dr. Jonathan K. Crane
Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics