The Department of History & Classics cordially invites you and a guest to attend the Western Canadian Lecture Series.
“Coming out as a vegetarian in Alberta: k.d. Lang, vegetarianism and identity politics in the prairies.” Dr. Valerie J. Korinek, Professor of History, University of Saskatchewan, Thursday, November 1 at 4:30 PM in TELUS 150, reception to follow.
Please RSVP to Sheryl Zornes (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-492-0845) before October 25 if you would like to attend.
Brief Synopsis: k.d. lang’s 1990 decision to promote vegetarianism, via a public service announcement for PETA, provoked a firestorm of controversy and debate about identity politics, sexuality, and “food choices.” For many Albertans, particularly rural Albertans, her actions were interpreted as a politically charged attack on the economy, culture and lifestyle of rural Albertans. In this lecture, Korinek provide’s a cultural analysis of this fascinating, multi-layered episode drawing upon her expertise in the histories of food, sexuality, western Canadian identities and popular culture.