National Vegetarian Museum Temporarily Rooted at College of DuPage Library

National Vegetarian Museum

By Angela Mennecke

The National Vegetarian Museum’s traveling exhibit, “What Does It Mean to be Vegetarian?,” will be on display March 1 to 31 at the College of DuPage Library on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

The exhibit consists of 12 large panels detailing the history and moral basis of vegetarianism and Chicago’s role in its development. The mission of the museum is to educate and demonstrate the values and benefits of vegetarianism and veganism, according to the museum’s website. The museum, which travels around Chicagoland, resided in the Evanston Library in January and at Loyola University in February.

David Oullette, COD Art History instructor and chairman of the College’s Animal Studies Committee, met the museum’s founder, Kay Stepkin, at a conference last year.

“Since we have a dedicated student animal welfare group and several faculty who are interested in animal-related issues, I knew the museum would be a great fit for COD,” he said. “Interest in vegetarianism and veganism is steadily increasing in America, and the museum does a great job promoting its benefits.”

Several events hosted by the College’s Animal Studies Committee are being held in conjunction with the exhibit’s residency. As part of COD’s Global Flicks series, there will be a screening of the film “Okja” at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Playhouse Theater of the McAninch Arts Center. Northern Illinois University Philosophy Professor Mylan Engel Jr. will present “The Commonsense Case for Ethical Vegetarianism” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the MAC, Room 153. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on veganism featuring COD faculty and students at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Library, Room 3100.  

For more information or questions, contact Oullette at (630) 942-2586 or  


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