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Talk to explore food, climate change link

Award-winning author to speak at Cal Lutheran


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – March 10, 2016) An award-winning author will discuss the ethics of food and the politics of climate change on Thursday, March 31, at California Lutheran University.


Willis Jenkins, an associate professor of religious studies and director of graduate studies at the University of Virginia, will present “Cultivating the Sky: How the Ethics of Food Matters to the Politics of Climate Change” at 7 p.m. in Lundring Events Center on the Thousand Oaks campus. The event will be streamed live at CalLutheran.edu/live.


In his lecture, Jenkins will outline a “moral ecology of food” and how communities address the effects of climate change. Food ethics is an interdisciplinary field that provides ethical analysis and guidance for how food should be produced, distributed, prepared and consumed.


Jenkins writes and teaches about issues at the intersections of theology, climate change, and religious and philosophical ethics. He is the author of two award-winning books. His 2013 book, “The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity,” won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence, and his 2008 book, “Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology,” won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise.


He earned both a master’s degree and doctorate in religious studies from UVA and is a former director of the university’s environmental humanities program. He previously taught at Yale University Divinity School.


The Segerhammar Center for Faith and Culture, the Center for Equality and Justice, and the SEEd (Sustainable Edible Education) Project at Cal Lutheran are sponsoring the free lecture.


Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is on the north side of Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard.


For more information, contact Sam Thomas at 805-493-3693 or sthomas@callutheran.edu.




MEDIA NOTE: A photo is available. Contact Karin Grennan at kgrennan@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3512.