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The End of Speciesism, Capitalism and Environmental Destruction: An Introduction to Critical Animal Studies

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This presentation, sponsored by the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, makes the argument that Western culture, still in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, needs to reassess its hierarchy of rights and freedoms in consideration of the nonhuman animals we eat, wear, hunt and with whom we share our homes and lives. In kind, the presenters will also introduce the audience to Critical Animal Studies, which looks at the ways in which speciesism underpins human oppression, capitalism and environmental destruction and how all of those elements intertwine to create a culture that is based upon the exploitation of other living beings. We will then share alternatives based in anarchist principles.

Room #: C1016 at Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

A Panel with Travis Erikson, Kim Socha, and Anthony J. Nocella II

Presenters:

Travis Erickson is an activist and organizer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has mostly focused on animal rights, community and workplace organizing. A former Catholic Worker and an organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World, he is also currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

Anthony Nocella II, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at Hamline University’s School of Education, is a scholar, community organizer, social justice activist, educator and co-founder of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies. He is an internationally respected speaker on issues of conflict resolution, LGBTQIA issues, prison abolition, anarchism, critical urban education, among many other topics. He has also published over ten books on issues ranging from anarchism to religion. His most recent works are Love and Liberation, co-authored with Sarat Colling (Piraeus Books, 2012) and The Accumulation of Freedom: Writings on Anarchist Economics (AK Press, 2012).

Kim Socha, Ph.D. is an English instructor at Normandale with scholarship on topics such as critical pedagogy, surrealism, critical animal studies and Latino/a literature. As her avocations, Kim has assisted survivors of domestic violence in their recoveries and works in the area of prison abolition social justice activism. Kim is also an animal liberation advocate and sits on the boards of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies and the Animal Rights Coalition. She is the author of Women, Destruction and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation (Rodopi, 2011) and is co-editor of and contributor to the upcoming anthology New Voices From the Grass Roots: Animal Liberation Essays (McFarland, Fall 2012).

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