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Feb. 23: Panel Discussion to Examine Factory Farming in Minnesota

The panel discussion, free and open to the public, will examine the social justice, environmental and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota.

2017-02-24
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-17-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Kessel Peace Institute will host a panel discussion on factory farming in Minnesota from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Centennial Student Union’s Room 253.

The panel discussion, free and open to the public, will examine the social justice, environmental and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota. Factory farming is a system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions.

The panelists will include:

  • Sonja Trom Eayrs, a family law attorney and a farmer’s daughter
  • Colleen Carpenter, a faculty member in theology at St. Catherine University, who has written a book that discusses eco-theological issues
  • Tim Culver, an attorney and Robina Legal Fellow with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Jeff Johnson, faculty member in philosophy at St. Catherine University, who teaches courses on food ethics and ethics of eating certain animals
  • Chris Peterson, a family pig farmer and advisor to the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

For more information on the event, please contact Carol Glasser, an associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State Mankato and the coordinator of the Social Justice Lecture Series. Glasser can be reached by email at carol.glasser@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-1345.

The event is the second of two Social Justice Lecture Series events co-sponsored by the Kessel Peace Institute this month. Other co-sponsors include Library Services, the Protecting Animal Rights Committee and Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Sociology and Corrections, which is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. It is named after the late Abbas Kessel, a lifelong peace activist who received a doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1956 and was a Minnesota State Mankato political science professor for 19 years. Kessel died in 1987 of leukemia.

Activities of the Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change are coordinated by an advisory council that works through the dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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