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Re: Vegetarianism and Veganism: readings, videos, podcasts, syllabi

Thanks so much, Kristen, for these suggestions and also simply for your enthusiasm for my new course, which I find exciting but also daunting. Supportive words from colleagues, including and perhaps esp. those I've never met, is most welcome. I will follow up on the leads you provide.

If anybody else has additional suggestions, please send them along.

Re: Vegetarianism and Veganism: readings, videos, podcasts, syllabi

Thanks for the suggestion, Andrew.

I actually contacted Adam recently. But he has never taught such a course.

The only one I've been able to find so far is a course on vegan studies taught by Prof. Renan Larue at UC-Santa Barbara, which was billed as the first such course in the U.S. when it was offered for the first time in 2016.

It seems that there is a serious dearth of university-level courses about vegetarianism and/or veganism.

If anybody has any other leads, please send them along.



Re: Vegetarianism and Veganism: readings, videos, podcasts, syllabi

What a great question as we're all gearing back up for the fall semester. I went through my files and found the following smattering of suggestions:

Ken Albala sketches "the emergence of physiological theories that first made a vegetarian diet ‘good to think’ rather than an intentional and normally religiously motivated form of self-mortification" in "The First Scientific Defense of a Vegetarian Diet," a short lecture from 2009. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/303866393.pdf

Vegetarianism and Veganism: readings, videos, podcasts, syllabi

Dear All,

I've created a new introductory course for undergraduates at the University of Toronto called Vegetarianism: Ethics, Health, and the Environment. I'm a U.S. historian and historian of science, which will influence what I plan to cover/include to some extent.  But I'm also eager to move beyond, even far beyond my comfort zone to make this course rich and exciting for my students (and for me!).  

The weekly topics include:


human health (individual, workers, communities, and public health)

animal welfare and rights

environmental issues