Sustainable Development Department, Global Studies to Host Presentation by Acclaimed Food Justice Author

Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Nov. 13, 2012. Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Department and Global Studies Program are co-hosting a presentation by acclaimed author and psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Room 114 of the Belk Library. Joy’s presentation is based on her award-winning book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.”

Joy will explain carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why.

Joy is a longtime advocate of social and environmental justice and animal protection. At the University of Massachusetts, Boston, she teaches courses which examine racism, heterosexism, genderism, domestic violence and psychological trauma.

“Pulling back the curtain on carnism can help us all become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses, whatever our dietary choices may be,” Joy said. 

This event is free and open to the public. Parental/guardian discretion is advised for younger attendees.

For further information, visit www.meetup.com/VegBoone.

About the speaker

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M., is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor, author and speaker. She teaches psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Joy’s work has received international critical acclaim, and she has been interviewed for numerous magazines, books and radio, including the BBC, NPR, PBS and ABC Australia. Her award-winning “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism” was published in 2010. Joy is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals.

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