Lecture Schedule for Fall 2015

Some talks are via Skype, if the speaker is not in Toronto. There is a discussion in the second hour (they are all two hours long, from 7 to 9 p.m.) and all are welcome to participate

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AR Academy Fall Schedule, 2015
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Sept 22. 2015: Paul York on the ethics of hunting and animal rights ethics in relation to the environmental crisis.

Paul York is a co-founder of Animal Rights Academy and a sessional professor at University of Toronto, specializing in religion and animal and the environment.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-2127
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Sept 29, 2015: Sara Salih on vegan witness: is it ethical for vegans to watch humans eat meat?

Dr. Sara Salih, Professor in the Department of English at University of Toronto. Please join us on Sept 29 for a presentation by Sara Salih on vegan witness. Is it ethical for vegans to watch humans eating meat, or feed meat to companion animals?

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-1072
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Oct 6, 2015: Kristin Andrews on nonhuman personhood

Dr. Kristin Andrews, Associate Professor in Philosophy/Cognitive Science at York University. Please join us on Oct 6 for a presentation by Kristin Andrews on the nonhuman personhood of movement in the US, and, in particular, what it means to call a chimpanzee a person.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-2120
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Oct 13, 2015: Vasile Stănescu on intersectionality and meat-eating

Dr. Vasile Stănescu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Theatre at Mercer University. Please join us on Oct 13 for a presentation via Skype by Vasile Stănescu on intersectionality of oppression as it relates to animal rights.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-1072
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Oct 20, 2015: Tayler and Robin Zavitz on the annual Shorthill Deer Hunt, facilitated by the MNR

Every year for the last few years the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has allowed a “cull” (slaughter) of dozens of deer in a provincial park in Ontario that is adjacent to a number of residential homes. This has caused the homeowners and animal rights activists to protest the decision. The fact that the MNR allows aboriginal hunters to do the cull complicates the issue. It is traditional subsistence hunting or not? Does culture and tradition trump animal rights? And is this cull / hunt even necessary, as the MNR alleges? This talk explores the issue from the perspective of the activists who been on the front lines of this controversial “hunt” in defense of the deer. The hunt is set for this November and there will be protests again, in response to it.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-1072
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Oct 27, 2015: Kim Socha, on atheism and animals

Kim Socha is author “Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed” (2014). This book explores the way in which “the concept of religion is inherently antithetical to animal liberation. She also challenges secularists to view the world differently, free from religion’s cultural baggage.” The book is “a call for everyone to consider developing a system of ethics disengaged from anthropocentric and speciesist mythologies.”

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-1072
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Nov 3, 2015: Tushar Mehta on Jainism and Nonviolence

This lecture examines the meaning, definition, history, principles, and nuances of Jainism and nonviolence, and the importance of this ancient philosophy and way of life for the modern world.

Tushar Mehta is a Jain practitioner, a medical physician, and frequent lecturer on the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-1072
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Nov 10: Rob Laidlaw on effective animal rights activism

Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director of Zoocheck. Please join us as we welcome Rob Laidlaw back to the Academy to discuss strategies for effective activism.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-1072
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Nov 17: Tori Lion on disrupting Temple Grandin

Vittoria Lion, Toronto Activist. Please join us Nov 17 for a presentation by Tori Lion on autism, disability rights, and animal rights as a context to her disruption of Temple Grandin’s talk in Guelph in August.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-2127
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Nov 24: Paul Jenkins

“Towards a Freegan Life: Veganism and the End of Money.”

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, SS-2127
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Dec 1: Carol Glasser

This talk will address the role of gender in the animal liberation movement. The connections between the oppression of human women and nonhuman animals, the theoretical traditions of the movement and their relationship to feminist ideologies, and the role of female activists in the animal liberation movement will intorduced. The problems of sexism that currently exists in the movement will also be discussed. The talk will conclude with a call for a feminist organizing and for a principle of total liberation as a the foundation of all strategy and actions taken to liberate nonhuman animals.

Bio: Carol L. Glasser is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University, Mankato and a co-organizer with Progress for Science, an antivivisection group currently focused on ending experiments on nonhuman primates in the public university system. Her research examines social movements, critical animal studies, and gender inequality. When she is not researching or writing, she is committed to engaging in activism toward freeing nonhuman animals from their position of oppression, and working as an ally to other movements advocating for social justice.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, TBA
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Dec 8: Tony Weis on livestock in industrial systems – CANCELLED!

Instead we have a talk on science fiction and animal rights.

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, 100 St. George room 2119

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Karuna Ahimsa says:

    Hi,
    possible to follow the lectures via Skype or else?
    Is it filmed?
    Thank you,
    Best,
    KA from Paris

    • Paul York says:

      yes, the lectures will be on Youtube — some already are — and you can join via Skype for some of them, live, by contacting Carlos Garcia on skype or Facebook