A screening of the documentary “American Meat” followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and food experts will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Washington & Jefferson College in Dieter-Porter’s lecture hall.
This event is in part a primer for the Integrated Semester in Conflict and Community offered at W&J during the fall of 2013, collaboration between 25 faculty members in 14 disciplines. In W&J’s Integrated Semester Program, participating students register for two designated courses and complete an independent project that integrates material from the courses, providing a deep interdisciplinary experience. Richard Easton, professor of English and initiator of the Conflict and Community theme, observed “the framing and discussion of whether local providers can provide sufficient products make this a perfect pre-Integrated Semester event.”
“American Meat” is promoted as “a solutions-oriented documentary” that looks at meat production in the United States. It presents a history of the current industrial system “through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there.” The film then considers an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution.
Panelists include John and Sukey Jamison from Jamison Farm in Latrobe; Alice Julier, associate professor and program director of food studies at Chatham University; Graham Meriwether, director/cinematographer/producer of “American Meat”; Jamie Moore, director of sourcing and sustainability of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group; and Aaron Weaver, general manager of Parkhurst Dining Services at W&J. The discussion moderator will be James Longo, professor of education at W&J.
Anthony Fleury, associate professor of theater and communication and organizer of this film event, noted, “We are especially thrilled that Sukey and John Jamison are able to join the panel. They graduated from W&J in 1971 as English majors and have gone on to success in the field of sustainable agriculture with Jamison Farm in Latrobe. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the discussion of this important issue.” This screening is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Grant Street lots.