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Vegetarian Book "Eating Animals" Tops Colleges Summer-Reading Lists

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Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have chosen Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals as the official summer-reading selection for 2011.

This past week, a selection committee consisting of faculty, staff, and students, chose the vegan author’s book—which discusses Foer’s struggle with and commitment to vegetarianism—out of six finalists.

Duke and UNC often work together on initiatives that support both campuses and, to that end, have merged their summer-reading program for 2011. The initiative chooses one book for incoming freshmen to read the summer before entering their respective universities.

“Any student reading this book will look at the research that the author did and realize that that’s what they should think about doing for all the big decisions in their lives,” says UNC summer-school dean Jan Yopp, who also served as a selection-committee chairwoman.

Duke senior Priya Bhat tells Duke News that, for her, Foer’s book is “not just a book about food. It’s a book about being really active in making your own decisions.”

Making decisions on your own? Sounds like the perfect choice for very green freshmen. (And we do mean “green” in both senses of the word.)

(Via vegetarianstar.com)

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