Second Annual LAMP Symposium - March 1, 2016

Food, Farming, and Faith

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The 2016 Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) symposium explored issues of food and farming from religious, scientific, historical, and public policy perspectives. Through this event, LAMP sought 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 addressed 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 reached across religious and academic boundaries to promote strong communities, a vibrant nation, and a peaceful and prosperous world. The event was held at the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech, 875 West Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Program Details

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

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

Presentation Abstracts

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


Nathan Stucky
Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary

Amirah AbuLughod
Stony Point Center Farm in Stony Point, NY

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

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

K. Rashid Nuri
President and Chief Executive of Truly Living Well Center, Atlanta​

Lunch (12:45 – 1:45 P.M.)

A vegetarian lunch will be provided for all who register.

Keynote  Address: "Can One Eat Enough?" (2:00 – 3:10 P.M.)

Rabbi 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, deprivation, malnutrition and excess are common experiences.  In profound ways, we are eating ourselves to death. Some point to structural issues or certain industries as the culprit, while others identify manufactured foodstuffs as the ultimate cause. Others focus more on our wallets, encouraging us to consider labor, environmental or animal welfare issues, for example, when purchasing food; or they urge us to buy into a diet that is backed by smiling celebrities and supposed scientific claims. Such efforts orient our attention to laws, foodstuffs and brand allegiance, that is, to things external to us. While helpful, a different approach that reclaims persons as eaters and attends to internal cues may be more beneficial. Resources for this counter-cultural perspective are as old and as sophisticated as our religions and philosophies, and as intimate as our bodies. Appreciating ourselves as eaters of the world may very well be a powerful start to learning how to eat and eat (just) enough.

Coffee & Dessert Break (3:10 – 3:30 P.M.)

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

Presentation Abstracts

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


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

Sumayya Allen
Community Agriculture Programming and Design Specialist, Atlanta

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

Pramod Parajuli
Director of Program Development for Sustainability at Prescott College

Bill Winders
Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgia Institute of Technology ​

Closing Remarks (5:15 – 5:30 P.M.)

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