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How to eat like a vegetarian (even if you never want to be one)
The title here really says it all! Join local feminist-vegetarian author Carol J. Adams for "How to Eat Like a Vegetarian (Even if You Never Want to Be One) at the Richardson Public Library from 7-8 p.m. on Sept. 9. For more information, call the library at (972) 744-4350.
Adams is a dynamic speaker and author of the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory and the recently released, The Pornography of Meat. Her work is widely cited, anthologized and used as a text in college courses in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
About Carol Adams
Carol J. Adams is the author of the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory and the recently released, The Pornography of Meat. Carol's work is widely cited, anthologized and used as a text in college courses in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Choice says of her work, "Adams's thinking is brilliant and original." Her work is featured in an award-winning documentary, A Cow at My Table. A rock group, Consolidated, devoted one track of their CD Friendly Fascism to The Sexual Politics of Meat.
Besides advancing scholarship and developing theory in the area of interlocking oppressions, Carol has created a series of books that address the vegetarian/vegan experience: Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian Survival Guide, Help! My Child Stopped Eating Meat! and The Inner Art of Vegetarianism. Gene Bauston, cofounder and director of Farm Sanctuary said of Living Among Meat Eaters : "Being a vegetarian or a vegan in a culture dominated by meat eating and meat eaters is challenging. Carol Adams's Living Among Meat Eaters is a much needed work that provides vegetarians and vegans with valuable advice and the tools needed to foster understanding – and with understanding comes compassion." Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff praises Help! My Child Stopped Eating Meat!, "A very insightful, extremely well written book. This is a must read for anyone facing this predicament."
Carol J. Adams has been an activist on antiviolence issues since the 1970s. After receiving her Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1976, she and her partner started a Hotline for Battered Women in Chautauqua County, New York, housing it in their home for the first year and a half of its existence. During that time Carol was the Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Inc., in Dunkirk, New York, an advocacy and service not-for-profit agency addressing issues of poverty, racism, and sexism. During the next decade, among other things, she served as Chairperson of the Housing Committee of the New York Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence (1984-87); coordinated a challenge to a local radio station license because of its racism, misrepresentation, and disregard of FCC rules (this resulted in the first revocation of a radio station license brought about by a community group during the Reagan years), co-ordinated a suit against a city for racism in its housing practices, and began writing what became The Sexual Politics of Meat.
Since 1987, Carol has lived in the Dallas area.
Carol has published close to 100 articles in journals, books, and magazines on the issues of vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence and sexual abuse. In addition, she has contributed entries on "vegetarianism" for numerous academic encyclopedias and dictionaries. She is particularly interested in the interconnections among forms of violence against human and nonhuman animals, writing, for instance, about why woman-batterers harm animals and the implications of this (see Animals and Women). Her article, "Bringing Peace Home: A Feminist Philosophical Perspective on the Abuse of Women, Children, and Pet Animals," represents her approach to these interconnections. (It's in her book Neither Man nor Beast).
Carol has worked to bring back into print Howard Williams's nineteenth-century classic text on vegetarianism, The Ethics of Diet. She has contributed prefaces to important vegetarian, vegan, and animal defense books such as Animal Ingredients A-Z, Joanne Stepaniak's The Vegan Sourcebook, Richard Alan Young's Is God a Vegetarian? Steve Baker's Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity, Representation, and Joan Dunayer's Animal Equality: Language and Liberation
Recently she received awards from The Greater Dallas Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and Planned Parenthood of Dallas and North Texas, "for her help in understanding the psychology of the radical right, for her commitment to women and for her brave stance against the tyranny of Operation Rescue."
Carol is a dynamic and provocative speaker, providing keynote addresses on topics such as "Living Among Meat Eaters," "Violence Against Women, Children, and Animals: Understanding the Connections," and her extremely popular Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show.
She has been a speaker at various colleges and universities including Yale, Harvard, Trinity College (Dublin), the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Columbia, CalTech, the University of Pittsburgh, University of Cincinnati, Smith College, University of Michigan, Skidmore College, Ohio University, Kent State University, Denison College, Southern Methodist University, Oberlin College, Cornell University, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.
Carol practices yoga and enjoys cooking vegan meals. Recently she has turned her attention to writing prayers for animals and for people who love and care for animals.
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