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“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”  

~A.C. Grayling

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The KCC READS Annual Student Conference

This year's conference on Patti Smith's Just Kids:

For full conference details, click here: Conference Program!


Last year's Keynote Address by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Last year's Plenary on Eating Meat Ethically & Sustainably

w/ Andrew Tarlow, Mike Fadem & Farin Kautz:

Last year's full conference program:


Bringing Together Students, Faculty, Staff & Invited Guests

Along with a series of smaller events throughout the year—film screenings, lectures by our faculty or invited guests, teaching workshops, panel discussions, student led roundtables, debates and discussion fora—we host an annual conference where students working on the book, as well as members of the faculty, staff and invited guests, present their work: in panel and roundtable formats; with papers, posters and power point presentations; dramatic and poetry performances; and art and science exhibitions showcasing work in multiple genres. Students also participate in the planning and management of this event. And, each year, the author or an expert in the field is invited to give the Keynote Lecture at the conference. For details of last year's program, click here.  

The KCC Reads Student Conference enhances students’ academic experience at Kingsborough by providing an opportunity to present a paper or project on the annual book—this year that book is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. The program enables students who read the book in a class to share with our community the work they produced in response to it. This includes work done in the Fall 2013, Winter 2014 or Spring 2014 classes.

The conference is on the afternoon of Monday May 5th and all day Tuesday, May 6th, 2014. There will be a few student sessions on the 5th and a special panel of experts on humane and sustainable practices in livestock farming, butchering and meat service. Then, on the 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., students will present their work in small groups or as part of exhibits. The concluding session of the conference, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., will be a lecture by our Keynote Speaker, author Jonathan Safran Foer, and a Q & A following his talk.

  • Open Format: Students may present work done in ANY class, on ANY theme, in ANY format as long as it is about or was inspired by Eating Animals. We will accept any type of work completed for a Kingsborough class (including extra credit work)—a paper, a speech or science project, an art illustration or painting, a dramatic performance or poem, etc.—any format, as long as it is related to Eating Animals in some way.
  • Publication: ALL student work presented at the conference will be considered for publication in our journal, Paideia: The Journal of KCC Reads, due out at the start of the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Recognition: Participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation. And, three students will be awarded the KCC Reads Social Justice Award for exceptional work on a social justice theme. We choose the best student work in three genres, each on a social justice theme, and grant these students the Award, presented at the Inaugural Lecture the following September.


Complete the submission form for work you would like to present at the conference. And, Students: Don't worry if it is still a draft or not fully complete -- submit what you have now, you can finalize it before the date of the conference.

Use the ONLINE Submission Form to submit your work

ONLINE Submissions: Students

STUDENT Request to Present

ONLINE Submissions: Faculty & Staff

FACULTY/STAFF Session Proposal

Or, print the form and submit a paper copy, click the appropriate link below: 

STUDENTS: STUDENT Request to Present / FACULTY / STAFF: FACULTY/STAFF Session Proposal

** Deadine for Submissions: Thurs., April 24th, 2014! **


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