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    Post #1 - April 19th, 2010, 3:44 pm
    Post #1 - April 19th, 2010, 3:44 pm Post #1 - April 19th, 2010, 3:44 pm
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    Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents

    Easy Target: Foie Gras as a Pragmatic and
    Problematic Target for Animal Rights
    Organizations, Cities and Countries


    Presented by
    Michaela DeSoucey

    Saturday, May 8th, 2010
    10 AM
    Kendall College
    900 North Branch Street, Chicago
    (West of Halsted Street, North of Chicago Avenue)
    Free Parking

    Cost: $3 per person, free to Kendall students and faculty with ID.

    This talk is based on Michaela DeSoucey’s dissertation, called Gullet Politics, in which she compares the political, cultural, and moral debates over foie gras in the U.S. (primarily in Chicago) and in France. She conducted several years of ethnographic fieldwork, 80 interviews, and analyzed the contents of myriad newspaper and magazine articles, web postings, legislative documents, veterinary reports, radio and television reports, and organizational documents.

    For this talk, Michaela DeSoucey plans to focus on foie gras's status as an 'easy target' for animal rights activism and for legislatures, as well as what unintended consequences have occurred for its selection as a social problem. She will compare how the frame of 'easy target' played out in the case of Chicago foie gras politics and in France. As most of you know, foie gras was banned in Chicago between 2006 and 2008, by ordinance of the Chicago City Council. Rhetoric of the 'easy target' pervaded public discussion of the rationale for its selection as a target of legislative regulation, as well as galvanized resistance to the ban. In France, on the other hand, rhetoric of the 'easy target' elsewhere spurred the French national government to legally protect foie gras as cultural patrimony. DeSoucey calls this process "gastronationalism."

    Michaela DeSoucey is a PhD candidate and Graduate Legal Studies Fellow at Northwestern University in the Department of Sociology. She is finishing her dissertation, Gullet Politics: Foie Gras in the U.S. and France, this spring, and she will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in September at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Social Organization. An article, Gastronationalism: Food Traditions and Authenticity Politics in the European Union, will be published this June in the American Sociological Review. Michaela has also conducted research and published articles on local food movements, the grass-fed beef movement, and a comparison of bans on foie gras and trans fat. Aside from her scholarly interest in food, Michaela has also volunteered at the Evanston Farmers Market and Green City Market, working for Kinnikinnick Farm since 2005. She is also getting married this summer, and the wedding will take place at Kinnikinnick Farm.

    This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please PM Cathy2, then leave your name and how many people in your party or e-mail: chicago.foodways.roundtable@gmail.com
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #2 - May 6th, 2010, 10:21 pm
    Post #2 - May 6th, 2010, 10:21 pm Post #2 - May 6th, 2010, 10:21 pm
    This Saturday.
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik
  • Post #3 - May 6th, 2010, 10:39 pm
    Post #3 - May 6th, 2010, 10:39 pm Post #3 - May 6th, 2010, 10:39 pm
    GAF wrote:This Saturday.

    And you're doing the introduction!

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #4 - May 7th, 2010, 8:21 am
    Post #4 - May 7th, 2010, 8:21 am Post #4 - May 7th, 2010, 8:21 am
    If anyone hopes to miss the introduction, arrive at 10:05!
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik
  • Post #5 - May 18th, 2010, 4:24 pm
    Post #5 - May 18th, 2010, 4:24 pm Post #5 - May 18th, 2010, 4:24 pm
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    WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified partners with Culinary Historians by recording our programs and making them available for broadcast on demand at their website or downloadable to an iPod. Our most recent program:

    Easy Target: Foie Gras as a Pragmatic and Problematic Target for Animal Rights Organizations, Cities and Countries
    with Michaela DeSoucey
    Recorded Saturday, May 08, 2010 at Kendall College.

    http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Conte ... ioID=42027
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
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    Is Fungus-Based Foie Gras the Next Meatless Sensation?
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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