Religious and scientific perspectives on food and farming will take center stage at the second annual symposium hosted by The Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP), a collaborative endeavor between Candler School of Theology and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology.

“Food, Farming, and Faith” will be held on Tuesday, March 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech. Rabbi Dr. Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, will present the keynote address, “Can One Eat Enough?” The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by February 20. Register here.

Ayres (left), WrightEleven guest panelists from a variety of disciplines will address the unifying concerns regarding food justice and sustainability, as well as the distinct practices of food preparation and eating that have sustained historical and contemporary religious communities. Speakers include Candler faculty members Jennifer R. Ayres, assistant professor of religious education, and Jacob L. Wright, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, who will participate in a panel discussion on interdisciplinary perspectives on food and farming. A panel on local food and farming initiatives will also be offered. View a list of panelists and the full symposium schedule.

WomackDeanna Ferree Womack, LAMP director and assistant professor in the practice of history of religions and multifaith relations at Candler, says that the purpose of the event is to offer a forum for students, scholars, and members of the Atlanta community to consider the current practices and ethical challenges of food production and consumption. “Through attention to the health of the body, soul, and natural environment, this symposium aims to work across religious and academic boundaries to promote strong communities, a vibrant nation, and a peaceful and prosperous world.”

Lunch will be provided; a vegetarian option will be available for those who register by February 20. The Historic Academy of Medicine is located on the campus of Georgia Tech, at 875 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.