VEGAN LITERATURE: FALL 2018
Session 1 - Oct. 1 - Introduction. What is veganism? A diet, a way of life, a social and political movement?
Session 2 - Oct. 3 - Are we meant to be meat-eaters? Humankind, animals, hunting and agriculture.
Session 3 - Oct. 8 - The psychology of meat eating. Carnism, an invisible ideology. Denial and conformity.
Session 4 - Oct. 10 - Carnism and veganism: A 25 century long debate (I) Anthropocentrism and its enemies.
Session 5 - Oct. 15 - Carnism and veganism: A 25 century long debate (II) Anthropocentrism and its enemies.
Session 6 - Oct. 17 - Veganism and the Basis of Animal Ethics Utilitarianism and deontologism.
Session 7 - Oct. 22 - Veganism and the Bible. A presentation by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.
Session 8 - Oct. 24 - “Does God Care for Oxen?” - Compassion and charity
Session 9 - Oct. 29 - Asian Religions and Animal Welfare. A presentation by Jonathan Dickstein (UCSB)
Session 10 - Oct. 31 - Is veganism “for girls”? Meat, masculinity, ecofeminism, and care ethics
Session 11 - Nov. 5 - Slaughterhouses and violent labor A presentation by Dr. Jan Dutkiewicz (Johns-Hopkins University)
Session 12 - Nov. 7 - The standard American diet and its ecological impact. A presentation by Prof. David Cleveland (UCSB)
Session 13 - Nov. 14 - Why do vegans hate humans so much? Why are they so annoying? Veganism and anti-humanism. Today’s perception of vegans
Session 14 - Nov. 19 - Is veganism for white people? A presentation by Syl Ko (Author of Aphro-ism)
Session 15 - Nov. 21 - Does the Left have monopoly on veganism? Couldn’t the market save animals? Veganism, liberals, and conservatives
Session 16 - Nov. 26 - “It’s War.” Animal Liberation beyond Veganism A presentation by Christiane Bailey (Université de Montréal)
Session 17 - Nov. 28 - What does veganism have to do with literature? - Veganism and animal rights through the lens of modern and contemporary literature
Session 18 - Dec. 3 - Is veganism utopian? What would a vegan world look like?
Session 19 - Dec. 5 Review for final exam - Conclusion
VEGAN LITERATURE: SPRING 2017
SESSION 1 - APRIL 4 - Introduction. What is veganism?
A diet, a way of life, a social and political movement?
SESSION 2 - APRIL 6 - Are We Meant to Be Meat-Eaters?
Humankind, animals, hunting and agriculture
SESSION 3 - APRIL 11 - Carnism and Speciesism: The Psychology of Meat Eating
An invisible ideology: the 3 N’s of justification (natural, normal, necessary)
SESSION 4 - APRIL 13 - Carnism and Speciesism: Denial and Conformity
A sociological approach to eating animals and animal products
SESSION 5 - APRIL 18 - Carnism and Speciesism: A European Tradition
Anthropocentrism: a western way to see the world
SESSION 6 - APRIL 20 - History of Veganism, Carnism and Animal Ethics (Part I: Antiquity)
Pythagoras, Theophrastus, Plutarch, and Porphyry: founders of animal ethics
SESSION 7 - APRIL 25 - History of Veganism, Carnism and Animal Ethics (Part II: Judaism and Christianity)
Tza'ar ba'alei chayim and Christian charity.
SESSION 8 - APRIL 27 - Do Animals Have Rights? Utilitarianism and Deontologism
Peter Singer, Tom Regan, and Gary Francione
SESSION 9 - MAY 2 - Do Animals Have Rights? Care Ethics and Ecofeminism
Carol Gilligan, Carol J. Adams, and Marti Kheel (Take-home midterm due on Gauchospace)
SESSION 12 - MAY 11 - Veganism and Environmental Ethics
Pathocentrism vs. Ecocentrism (Paper proposal due on Gauchospace)
SESSION 14 - MAY 18 - Is Veganism “For Girls?”
Patriarchy, sexism and the culture of meat
SESSION 15 - MAY 23 - Why Are Vegans So Annoying?
Today’s perception of vegans and veganism
SESSION 17 - MAY 30 - Why Do Vegans Hate Humans So Much?
Veganism, ecology, and the rise of anti-humanism
SESSION 18 - JUNE 1 - Is Veganism Utopic?
What would a vegan world look like?
SESSION 20 - JUNE 8 - Conclusion/Review for final examination
Exam Week Final examination: Thursday, June 15, 4:00-7:00pm
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