Hanh Nguyen’s National Tour on ‘How Bigotry Begins’ Stops at Washington University

RZA Video Short Sparks Provocative Discussion of What Sociologists Call 'The Link': Racism, Sexism, and Speciesism—the Bias That Binds

For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2017

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

St. Louis, Mo. – Fresh from presentations at Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell universities, PETA’s Hanh Nguyen will give her thought-provoking talk “How Bigotry Begins” at Washington University on Tuesday, November 14, at 12:05 p.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, courtesy of peta2—PETA’s youth division—and the Animal Law Society at Washington University. Free vegan food from The Vine will be available to all attendees, and an exclusive video short featuring RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan will be shown.

From Ivy League universities to agricultural colleges, Nguyen’s talk has sparked lively campus discussions this year, not only provoking questions and comments but also prompting new theories as well as accounts of students’ own personal experiences. The theme of the talk is the systematic “othering” of and discrimination against different groups of human beings—particularly of different “races,” controversial in and of itself—and different groups of nonhuman animals, some of whom we cuddle and some of whom we consume.

“Historically, students have played a critical role in exposing various forms of injustice so that society can progress on social issues, and this must continue,” says Nguyen. “This talk asks students to consider the common thread that connects all living beings and the bias that has caused us to discriminate against and disrespect ‘others,’ from the earliest times to today.”

Interviews with Nguyen are available in advance. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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