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Inspired by an internship she served last summer, art major Danielle Schreier ’07 (New York, N.Y.) will lead Reeder Scholars’ first meeting of the semester with a screening of Peaceable Kingdom, followed by a discussion 8:45 p.m. Monday, at 225 Reeder Street. A group will meet on the steps of Farinon at 8:30 p.m. to walk over.

The film was produced by Farm Sanctuary, a nonprofit animal rights organization in Watkins Glenn, N.Y., dedicated to educating the public about the treatment of farm animals in the meat and dairy industries.

Schreier worked in the development office, conducting research and making contacts with companies for future collaborations with Farm Sanctuary and thank-you calls to donors.

Her achievements included securing $2,000 worth of sunscreen per month for the sanctuary’s pigs, as pigs are fair skinned like humans and susceptible to skin cancer.

“From the internship, I learned a great deal about the American food industries, about farm animals (there are 500 rescued animals, ranging from goats to cows, in the organization’s two locations in New York and California), and about the impact that one person can have,” Schreier says.

“I chose to show Peaceable Kingdom because I find the film to be an extremely well-done, informative piece on a topic few people are educated about,” she adds. “Meat and diary are a part of most people’s everyday lives and diets, yet few have any idea what goes on within the industry, nor do they know where the food they are eating came from. The film is applicable to every single Lafayette campus member, moving, and of an extremely important topic.”

Schreier is a volunteer for the Easton SPCA, a member of Lafayette Environmental Awareness and Protection, a copyeditor for The Lafayette, and plays on the Ultimate Frisbee team. She has served as a teaching assistant for Ed Kerns, Clapp Professor of Art and director of the Williams Visual Arts Building, taught art to local high school students through the Community Based Teaching Program, and will start EXCEL research with Robert Mattison, Metzgar Professor of Art History, this semester.

Named for its Reeder Street residence, the Reeder Scholars program borrows its basic structure from the McKelvy House Scholars program – regularly holding discussions open to the campus and organizing activities both on and off campus – but its students are determined that the program have its own distinguishing characteristics.

Past Discussions
Nov. 29 — “Music and Society”
Nov.15 – “Discussion”
Nov. 1 – “Gender Differences”
Oct. 25 – “Sex”
Oct. 18 – “Human Animal”
Oct. 11 – “Guilt”
Sept. 27 – “Consumer Behavior”
Sept. 20 – “Human Nature”
Sept. 13 – “Food as a Cultural Identity”
Sept. 3 – “Offensiveness and Media”

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