In this presentation at my university, I give a brief history of the corporatization of academia, exploring the corrosive impact of neoliberalism on teaching, research, and student quality of life.
Recorded at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, December 2022.
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In this presentation at the Conscious Eating conference in Berkeley, California (2018), Lady Macbeth at the Rotisserie, I give an early preview of "Murder, She Wrote," a chapter in my new book with NYU Press, The Omnivore's Deception. My talk critically explores the rise of the "femivores"--as the New York Times dubbed the scores of women who have flocked to farming, hunting, and butchery as a way to achieve a sense of empowerment. "For these women, nothing could be more repugnant than the musty feminism of their predecessors, with its specter of an angry activist clutching her dog-eared vegetarian Moosewood Cookbook as tightly as she clung to her millenarian fervor. These post-feminists don't want to unseat patriarchy, they want a seat at the table; they want to Lean In, and they want their grass-fed steaks lean, too. If the feminist slogan of the 1970s was that a woman needed a man the way a fish needed a bicycle, the femivores' message is that today's liberated woman needs only a sharp butcher's knife, killing cone, or Bushmaster rifle."
DEBATE -- In recent years, a coalition of venture capitalists, Silicon Valley technologists, and vegan activist entrepreneurs have been promoting cellular/synthetic, lab-grown animal flesh as the supposed solution to the problems of animal agriculture. But is cellular meat good for animals? At the 2019 Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley, California, Vasile Stănescu of Mercer University debate Bruce Friedrich of the Good Food Institute and Leah Garces of Mercy for Animals, showing why cellular meat is bad for animals and the animal advocacy movement. Our positions received further elaboration on the website, The Clean Meat Hoax.