Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

Thursday, November 1
7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Musser Auditorium, The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley

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Author Shannon Hayes discusses her controversial best-seller that explores how social revolution and ecological reform begin at home. Radical Homemakers explores the values, skills, motivations, accomplishments, power, challenges, joy, and creative fulfillment of Americans who are endeavoring to change the world by first reclaiming control of home and hearth. Hayes will share stories about  the pioneering men and women she has met who are redefining the good life by adhering to simple principles of ecological sustainability and social justice. She will also share adventures and photos taken during her travels across the country researching the book.

Shannon Hayes writes and farms with three generations of her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in West Fulton, NY, where she grew up. The family raises all-natural, grass-fed lamb, beef, pork, and poultry. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from Binghamton University, and a master's and doctorate in sustainable agriculture and community development from Cornell University.

Hayes is the author of three books: The Grassfed Gourmet, Farmer and the Grill, and Radical Homemakers. The latter two are published by Left to Write Press, a company that Hayes and her husband, Bob, started as a way to enable them to live in Schoaharie County without having to sell-out to corporate media.

Hayes's essays and articles have appeared in myriad regional and national publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Review, and Northeast Public Radio. Hayess' quirky lifestyle, her attempts to live a life of personal accountability and sustainability, and her current research and writings about homemaking as an ecological movement have landed her and her family on the pages of The New York Times, Brain Child Magazine, Lancaster Farming, Small Farm Quarterly, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Grit, Yes! Magazine, Elle Magazine, Arab News, and Pakistan Observer, as well as the national newspapers of Germany, Turkey, and Canada.