Author to discuss feminist social justice, animal rights activism
Feminist social justice activism and animal rights advocacy will be examined by Chautauqua County native Carol J. Adams, author of the pioneering book on feminist animal rights theory, “The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory,” as part of the Convocation Series of events with the theme “Transformations,” on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Family Auditorium in the Science Center.
Originally published in 1990, “The Sexual Politics of Meat” has gone through three U.S. editions and been translated into other languages. It is considered a classic feminist-vegan text, the first major work to illustrate the inter-connected patriarchal roots of misogyny and the hatred of animality.
In her presentation, “Ferment of Freedom: On Ecofeminism, Cultivating Compassion and Social Justice Legacies,” Adams will explore the legacy of feminist consciousness and compassion in women’s rights, environmentalism and animal rights reform movements, including a special focus on local environmental history and social activism.
A Forestville native, Adams grew up in Chautauqua County and devoted the early years of her career to social activism in the region. She served as director of Chautauqua County Rural Ministry for almost a decade in the 1980s, and started the Friendly Kitchen and Garment Gallery in Dunkirk. During those years, she collaborated with feminist scholars at Fredonia to highlight the legacies of Chautauqua County women. Adams was also an adjunct faculty member for a number of years in Fredonia’s Department of Sociology, teaching social work-related courses.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception catered by the Faculty Student Association and a book-signing will follow the talk.