Don't miss this chance to hear James McWilliams speaking at our February potluck! His topic will be "The Myth of Humane Meat and Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals." James, whose new book The Modern Savage is just out, is one of the most articulate speakers and writers we have on the subject of so-called "humane meat." (more speaker info below) He makes the scientific case for animals’ sentience and emotional lives and exposes the pervasive cruelty even on “humane” farms. If you've wondered how best to respond to friends and family who think that eating these products is acceptable, even compassionate, be sure to attend this presentation! Admission $5-$10 sliding scale (to go toward travel costs for James, and snacks for the group). We recognize that this is a week night and it may be difficult for folks to have a pot luck dish ready, but just bring what you can, and we'll have some light meal food and snacks on hand (vegan pizza) as well. For the potluck and friendly conversation, gather at 6:00, eat at 6:30 during the talk. If you want to come just for the talk, please arrive by 6:30pm. Potluck info: Bring a vegan dish--no meat, chickens, fish, dairy products, eggs or honey--to serve eight, with recipe card or list of ingredients and serving utensil. Please also bring your own reusable table service. Looking forward to seeing you there!
James McWilliams is a writer based in Austin, Texas, and a professor at Texas State University. His books include Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown) and A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Columbia University Press). His writing on food, agriculture, and animals has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Slate, The American Scholar, Texas Monthly, The Atlantic, and The Texas Observer. Check out his blog The Daily Pitchfork (http://dailypitchfork.org/).