Dr. Melanie Joy Presentation

Exciting event from the First Unitarian Church of Dallas:


The Food Matters Roundtable presents

Author and Social Psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy


First Unitarian Church of Dallas Preston Rd. at St. Andrews, Room 305


In her captivating presentation, Dr. Melanie Joy, a longtime activist for social and environmental justice and animal welfare, explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat. Like other unjust ideologies, carnism is sustained by complex, hidden social and psychological mechanisms, and it is most harmful when unrecognized.

Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy elucidates how, although unjust ideologies (racism, sexism, ableism, carnism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enablessuch interlocking systems is strikingly similar. When unnoticed, these ideologies can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others.

By illuminating carnism, Dr. Joy helps us become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses. Age guidance for this presentation: 15 to adult.

Melanie Joy photoMelanie Joy, Ph.D. Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has written articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, as well as the acclaimed Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, and Strategic Action for Animals.

The national UU Ethical Eating Core Team has commended Dr. Joy’s presentation as an excellent way for congregations to engage the topic of Ethical Eating.

  • char.

    Looking forward to it!