Other Lectures

Christopher Sebastian McJetters – White Meat: How Did Animal Exploitation Become a Signifier for White National Identity and How Do We Fight It?

This enjoyable, informal lecture covers the problem of white privilege in American nationalist discourse.

Breeze Harper – Uprooting White Fragility: Intersectional Anti-Racism in the ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Foodscape

This is the professionally recorded video of Dr. A. Breeze Harper giving a talk at Whidbey Institute’s Intersectional Justice Conference that took place in Clinton, WA March 25-27.

Pax Ahimsa Gethen – Welcoming Gender Diversity

This is the professionally recorded video of Pax giving a talk at Whidbey Institute’s Intersectional Justice Conference that took place in Clinton, WA March 25-27.

Sarah K. Woodcock – Importance of Veganism 

Sarah K. Woodcock, Founder and Executive Director (volunteer) of The Abolitionist Vegan Society, on the “Importance of Veganism” panel at the SALDF New York Animal Law Symposium at Pace Law School. Demosthenes Maratos of Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Robin Helfritch of Open the Cages Alliance were also on this panel (but not in this recording).

Gail Dines – Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism

“From the Personal Is Political to the Personal is Personal: Neo-Liberalism and the Defanging of Feminism.” Gail Dines, professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College, and author of Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality, explores how mainstream feminism has lost its way by fighting for the individual rights of a small group of elite white women instead of the collective liberation of all women. Dines argues that much of what passes for feminism today is focused on the pseudo-empowerment offered to women who conform to the narrow standards of femininity set by the porn culture. She calls for a feminism that is unapologetically fierce in its commitment to radical social change.

Will Kymlicka –  Animal Rights, Multiculturalism, and The Left

Will Kymlicka (Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University Canada) presents his lecture entitled “Animal Rights, Multiculturalism, and The Left” at the 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series at The Graduate Center, CUNY.  The Graduate Center, CUNY hosts the 2012-2013 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences.” This event was held on April 25, 2013.

Ecofeminism Now

Ecofeminism Now! explores ecofeminism in 1996 through interviews with activist-scholars Carol Adams, Lourdes Arguelles, Deane Curtin, Josephine Donovan, Elizabeth Dodson Gray, Lori Gruen, Chaia Heller, Marti Kheel, Ynestra King, Winona LaDuke, Cathleen Maguire, Vandana Shiva, Karen Warren, and others. Produced by Greta Gaard.

Breeze Harper & Lauren Ornelas – Animal Liberation, Tokenizing ‘Intersectionality’, and Resistance Ecology

This is the keynote address of Dr. Breeze Harper of the Sistah Vegan Project and Lauren Ornelas of Food Empowerment Project. We did an interactive keynote discussion format for the the Portland State University’s “Resistance Ecology” conference on June 1, 2013.

Caroline Heldman – The Sexy Lie

A leading advocate for spotlighting how the mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, Caroline Heldman offers straight talk and an often-startling look at the objectification of women in our society. She illustrates how it has escalated, how we have become inured to its damaging effects and what we can do individually and collectively to demolish the paradigms that keep us from a better world.

Andrea Dworkin – Pornography

1991 documentary discussing the harmful effects of pornography on women, and how pornography is the incarnation of male supremacy.

bell hooks – Cultural Criticism and Transformation

Renowned intellectual bell hooks examines popular culture in the context of patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism.

Catharine MacKinnon – Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality

In her visiting lecture to University of Chicago Law School students, Professor MacKinnon discussed issues raised in her book Are Women Human?: And Other International Dialogues. Her work exposes the consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women and its systemic condonation by taking us inside the workings of nation-states, where the oppression of women defines community life and distributes power in society and government, and inside the heart of the international law of conflict to ask why the international community can rally against terrorists’ violence, but not violence against women.

Why I’m Not Wasting Anymore Time Debating My Oppression

Based on some very harm exchanges I’ve witnessed and participated in in recent months, I’m choosing self preservation. Instead of focusing on educating the people who don’t get it, I’m going to be focused on the work.

Gail Dines – Growing Up in a Pornified Culture

Popular culture bombards us with hypersexualized images of women and men, conveying powerful images that help shape our sexuality. Dr. Gail Dines, recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, sociology and women’s studies professor, and porn industry researcher and writer, explores how masculinity and femininity are shaped by pornified images that spill over into our most private worlds. In Dr. Gail Dines’ compelling talk, she exposes the effects of porn culture on pop culture and the impact on children and young adults growing up in a pornified culture today, addressing how nonprofit organization Culture Reframed is “solving the public health crisis of the digital age”.