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Dr. Yanoula Athanassakis

Caldwell, N.J., Feb. 23, 2018 – “Food, Animals and the Environment” will be the focus of a talk presented by Dr. Yanoula Athanassakis , director of New York University’s Environmental Humanities Center, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday March 20 in the Alumni Theatre at Caldwell University.

The presentation is part of the Department of Theology and Philosophy Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series and is being co-sponsored by the university and the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public School District. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Athanassakis’ will share her research and thought on how the arts are engaging and fraught with ethical issues of environmental degradation, specifically through literary representations of food production and animal consumption. She will address practices of consumption—the implications of the food we eat and the systems we support, and how art aims to disrupt habitual patterns of disengagement.

Dr. Athanassakis, assistant vice provost for academic affairs at NYU, is also author of Environmental Justice in Contemporary U.S. Narratives (Routledge 2017). She teaches in the departments of Environmental Studies, Animal Studies, and English at NYU.

The Sister Maura Campbell lecture series is named after Sister Maura, who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher, and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years. For further information call 973-618-3931.