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Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

New York Times Bestselling Author

Jonathan Safran Foer

New York Times Bestselling Author


Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of many books, among them the novels Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Here I Am, as well as the works of non-fiction Eating Animals, and We Are The Weather.

He is the editor of The New American Haggadah, and Convergence of Birds, among other books. His work has been made into major motion pictures, translated into more than 40 languages and won numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, and The National Jewish Book Award, and he has been named a Rolling Stone "Person of the Year," and New Yorker Magazine "20 Under 40."

Speaker Videos

Eating Animals: Jonathan Safran Foer On Stopping Climate Change | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Middlebury - 2013 - Jonathan Safran Foer's Commencement Address

#VelshiBannedBookClub: Safran Foer On “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Jonathan Safran Foer on Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer on Eating Animals (Season 7)

Jonathan Safran Foer On Changing The Way We Think About Food (Season 7)

Speech Topics

How Creativity Works

Jonathan has taught creative writing (at Yale, Columbia and NYU) for nearly two decades, and spent most of his life in conversation with artists of all kinds: painters, choreographers, magicians, film directors, musicians, poets. Despite the diversity of experiences, he has distilled some fundamental similarities, which are useful for not only practicing artists, but everyone. In this lively speech---which involves interactive exercises with the audience---he traces the ways in which creativity is an intentional process of seeking accidents.

The Shape of Judaism to Come

Jewish life is changing: violence against Jews, informed by a far broader acceptance of violent stories about Jews, has become regularized; American Jewry’s relationship to Israel is precarious; and Jewish representation (in the arts, politics, and in academia) is precipitously declining. Drawing on his decades as a public Jewish intellectual, Jonathan explores possible futures for the Jewish people, and what can be done to encourage best outcomes.

How Should We Eat?

Like many young Americans, Jonathan spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. The resulting book, Eating Animals, is part memoir and part investigative report. In the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer "at the table with our greatest philosophers." The story of how the book came to be, and what Jonathan learned, make for an invigorating, wide-ranging conversation.

Climate Change: Knowing & Believing

Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response? In this talk, draws on science, story and personal history (as the grandson of Holocaust survivors) to explore the difference between knowing and believing in climate change.

Reading Between the Lines with Jonathan Safran Foer

Combining several formats---book reading, literary investigation, and audience interaction---Jonathan delights audiences with a behind the scenes exploration of his bestselling novels.