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Talks - Deep Veganism


Talks - deep Veganism

A series of educational talks with a focus on the philosophical aspects of veganism

Taking place in the Syndicate Wing

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Saturday

12.00 - 12.45 - Ruth Hawe - Beyond rescue to rewilding

1.00 - 1.45 - Richard Twine - Examining Our Values toward Other Animals

2.00 - 2.45 - Dr. Casey Taft - Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy

3.00 - 3.45 - Vegan Geezer - Veganism On The Map, How Do We Best Represent It

4.00 - 4.45 - Richard Twine - Understanding Vegan Transition

5.00 - 5.45 - Trent Grassian - The Vegan Journey: How to help yourself and others go (and stay) vegan

 

Sunday

11.00 - 11.45 - Rebecca Fox - How to be a Reasonable Vegan

12.00 - 12.45 - Dr. Casey Taft - Tips for Navigating Relationships, Wellness, and Everyday Life as an Animal Advocate

1.00 - 1.45 - Joe Brydon - How to Create Your Own Local Vegan Outreach Group

2.00 - 2.45 - Dr. Matthew Cole - Learning to eat our friends: how children are socialized to accept the normality of eating animals and the abnormality of veganism

3.00 - 3.45 - Marcus Dredge and Ruth Sanderson-Dredge - Why human population an animal rights issue

4.00 - 4.45 - Beata Ciupińska - How can we use law of attraction in animal rights movement

 

Plus an extra session by Skype on Sunday at 4:15pm in the room used for the UK Vegan Comedy Festival:

4.15 - 5.00 - Dr. Will Tuttle - Deep Veganism: A Holistic Adventure of Awakening (by Skype)

 

Casey Taft - Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy

This talk will focus on how to most effectively motivate others to go vegan, from a behavioral change perspective. Principles and tactics from clinical psychology with a long history of innovation and research evaluation have not been brought into the animal advocacy realm. This talk will focus on how we can be more impactful communicators and advocates.

Dr. Casey Taft is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and co-owner of a vegan-themed publishing company, Vegan Publishers. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma, family communication, and violence prevention, winning prestigious awards for his work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and is editor on several academic journals. Dr. Taft has chaired an American Psychological Association task force on trauma in the military and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally. He sees the prevention of violence towards animals as a natural extension of this work. Dr. Taft has recently authored "Helping Others Help Animals" and a forthcoming violence prevention book to be published by the American Psychological Association.

www.veganpublishers.com

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Casey Taft - Tips for Navigating Relationships, Wellness, and Everyday Life as an Animal Advocate

This talk will offer tips for advocacy and strategies for communicating with friends and family members who may be unsupportive or abusive, overcoming other challenges in communication, navigating issues related to dating, masculinity, and sex, and managing trauma reactions and mental health issues that may result.

Dr. Casey Taft is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and co-owner of a vegan-themed publishing company, Vegan Publishers. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma, family communication, and violence prevention, winning prestigious awards for his work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and is editor on several academic journals. Dr. Taft has chaired an American Psychological Association task force on trauma in the military and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally. He sees the prevention of violence towards animals as a natural extension of this work. Dr. Taft has recently authored "Helping Others Help Animals" and a forthcoming violence prevention book to be published by the American Psychological Association.

www.veganpublishers.com

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Joe Brydon - How to Create Your Own Local Vegan Outreach Group

Joe will talk about how the Animal Alliance was born, and share lessons for creating other similar groups. They will cover the basics: finding your first founding members, outreach techniques, engaging with strangers, and creating inviting stalls, as well as practical advice on meetings in which everyone feels included and empowered.

Joe Brydon, activist, student and part-time folk musician has been working with the Animal Alliance for the last year, running outreach events in and around Brighton, as well as on social media.

Working for a variety of human rights, environmental, and disarmament groups, Joe has the privilege of being able to draw on the successes and lessons of these experiences in their animal rights work. However, all these campaigns remain close to Joe's heart, and they enjoy balancing their time and energy between a variety of different causes, regularly giving workshops, or planning and taking part in different actions for these groups.

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Ruth Hawe - Beyond rescue to rewilding

Control and confinement, however kind, is not liberation. "Comfort" is not freedom. Animals desire more than being our cuddly friends, they deserve a self-willed life. The land freed up as humans go vegan should be dedicated living space for the surviving victims of fHarming, and thereafter gifted back to nature.

Vegan for 45 years, Vegantopian visionary and passionate activist for animal and human liberation. Voluntary speaker for VIVA and the Vegan Society, devoted to advocating for consciousness expansion into compassionate awareness of our role as Guardians and Gardeners, as we evolve into co-creatorship of a peaceful harmonious world.

www.vegantopia.co.uk

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Richard Twine - Examining Our Values toward Other Animals

This talk will introduce how both sociological and philosophical theories have been applied to the understanding of our relationship with other animals. The animal- industrial complex is presented as constituting a fundamental ideology in contemporary society. The talk finishes with a look at how vegans expose and resist that ideology.

Dr Richard Twine is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies at Edge Hill University, UK. He has previously spoken at London Vegfest, Northern Vegan Festival and Vegan Life Live. Richard is the author of Animals as Biotechnology - Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of The Rise of Critical Animal Studies - From the Margins to the Centre (Routledge, 2014). His web-site is http://www.richardtwine.com

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Richard Twine - Understanding Vegan Transition

Drawing upon in-depth interviews with 40 vegans, sociologist (and vegan for 12 years) Richard Twine presents a theoretical approach to transition which can be used as a guide and to aid self-understanding. Is it as easy as some people claim? In what contexts might difficulties potentially arise? Furthermore Richard discusses strategies for the further normalisation of vegan practice.

Dr Richard Twine is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies at Edge Hill University, UK. He has previously spoken at London Vegfest, Northern Vegan Festival and Vegan Life Live. Richard is the author of Animals as Biotechnology - Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (Routledge, 2010) and co-editor of The Rise of Critical Animal Studies - From the Margins to the Centre (Routledge, 2014). His web-site is http://www.richardtwine.com




Trent Grassian - The Vegan Journey: How to help yourself and others go (and stay) vegan

What does research tell us are the key areas are for successful transition to veganism? This talk uses my own research and existing research to give you the tools to not only stay vegan, but to help others do the same.

Trent is a former SEN teacher turned researcher, who is now completing his PhD in Social Policy. He is working with UK and international campaigns to explore strategies and barriers to promoting sustainable and vegan diets. He is also a passionate vegan activist and advocate.

www.forusallsite.wordpress.com






Vegan Geezer - Veganism On The Map, How Do We Best Represent It?

Exploring how veganism has become established within the mainstream, how it is viewed by others, and the different forms of advocacy/activism we are choosing to use and what can be strategically more effective

London Dad and Vegan YouTube advocate Martin Menehan AKA Vegan Geezer has been speaking around the UK for the past year at schools and festivals, where he has been educating people about veganism and positively promoting vegan advocacy/activism respectively. He also uses his time to create educational, informative and inspirational videos via his YouTube channel, which include family vlogs, street interviews, speeches, spoken word poetry, lifestyle videos, food, vegan tips and more.






Dr. Matthew Cole - Learning to eat our friends: how children are socialized to accept the normality of eating animals and the abnormality of veganism

Dr Matthew Cole will present a sociological analysis of how children are brought up to accept the 'normality' of eating and otherwise using nonhuman animals, and how that leads to veganism being misunderstood as at best an eccentric minority lifestyle and at worst a dangerous obsession in adult life. The talk will examine how this socialization process distorts children's capacities for ethical flourishing, by encouraging them to selectively direct their compassion towards fictional animal characters and away from real, exploited nonhuman animals. Specifically, Matthew will discuss how this process permeates all aspects of children's experiences, from food and clothing, to films, games and magazines and even to the formal education system. The talk will draw on the book Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood, co-written with Dr Kate Stewart.

Matthew will have copies of 'Our Children and Other Animals' available for signing at a special VegfestUK discount after his talk.

You can find out more about this book here:

https://www.routledge.com/Our-Children-and-Other-Animals-The-Cultural-Construction-of-Human-Animal/Cole-Stewart/p/book/9781409464600

Dr. Matthew Cole is an Honorary Associate and Associate Lecturer with The Open University in the U.K. His research focuses on the sociology of human-nonhuman animal relations, including the way that vegans and veganism are represented in the media, and the emergence of modern veganism. Matthew is a former Trustee and Chair of The Vegan Society. 

www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/main/staff/people-profile.php?name=Matthew_Cole

www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409464600





Rebecca Fox - How to be a Reasonable Vegan

Veganism is a reasonable position for anyone who has the evidence and critical thinking skills to assess it. That's why Rebecca advocates promoting reasonableness first, veganism second.

This workshop will explore cognitive quirks that prevent people from thinking clearly, and empower you to be confident approaching difficult conversations with non-vegans.Usually found meditating, drawing or reading, Rebecca Fox is an ardent rationalist who prides herself on trying to think critically even in difficult situations. Skepticism is what originally lead Rebecca to veganism and she is therefore passionate about promoting critical thinking skills to vegans and non-vegans alike.

Rebecca is part of the team behind the blog RVGN.org which publishes articles by and for Reasonable Vegans. By ‘Reasonable' they mean adhering to the rules of logic and evidence while remaining open-minded and polite. By ‘Vegan' they mean, well... vegan. Obviously.

RVGN is developing a host of resources that will promote veganism as a reasonable position and offer vegans opportunities to develop their knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Rebecca sees her skeptical advocacy as a way to honour her compassion, and the animals, by encouraging people to use the best possible cognitive tools to think about the choices they make.

http://rvgn.org/






Marcus Dredge and Ruth Sanderson-Dredge - Why human population an animal rights issue

Marcus and Ruth Dredge, presenters of The Species Barrier (vegan radio show) and founders of vegan education group Vegan Outreach Lincoln and East Midlands provide a rare focus on how human numbers greatly impact animal rights. Be it habitat loss, species extinction or increased demand for farmed animal exploitation, they argue that this important issue is largely ignored in the movement.

www.thespeciesbarrier.com





Dr. Will Tuttle - Deep Veganism: A Holistic Adventure of Awakening (by Skype)

Dr. Will Tuttle explores the consequences of animal agriculture as they apply to both vegans and non-vegans, and how we can skillfully respond to the unique opportunities and challenges we face in our world today. The presentation will also discuss how we can increase the effectiveness of our vegan advocacy.

Will Tuttle, Ph.D, author of the international best-seller, The World Peace Diet, is a pianist, composer, Dharma Master in the Zen tradition, recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and Empty Cages Prize, and vegan since 1980. He is also the editor of Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice, a recent volume focusing on the interconnection of justice issues.







Beata Ciupińska - How can we use law of attraction in animal rights movement

Main questions which will be answered during the talk are:
- What is law of attraction?
- How is it proven by modern science?
- How we can use it in animal rights movement?

Beata is an animal rights activist. She started We Are The Numbers group in 2013 under which name she was organising Awakening Compassion demos in London.
Beata has also organised Vegan blocs at Climate March in London, first in March and then in November 2015.

In summer last year Beata moved back to Poland and is working now with Polish activists in a group Wegańska Nadzieja (Vegan Hope) to promote vegan lifestyle in Poland by organising food samplings, vegan cooking demos, vegan gatherings etc.