2019 SCHEDULE of EVENTS
CONFIRMED!! SPEAKERS DR. KAREN DAVIS, DONTA HARRIS & KRISSI VANDENBERG!!
12:30-1:00 Music with EKTAAL
Ektaal (meaning “one beat” in Hindi) is the University of Virginia's premier South Asian-American A Cappella group, performing original medleys of popular English and South Asian tunes.
1:15-1:30 RECOGNITION OF ANIMAL LIVES with Rev. EMILY BROWN
All species welcome — join us for a moment of compassionate recognition of animals.
1:30-2:15 Speaker: DONTA HARRIS, THE SOUTHERN VEGAN
“My Vegan Journey and Vegan Activism through Food and Fitness”
Dontá Harris, better known as The Southern Vegan, runs an online Instagram vegan food blog. He’s a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator through the Main Street Vegan Academy. Dontá is a member of Switch4Good, a coalition of dairy-free athletes encouraging people to improve their health by ditching dairy. He's also an official brand ambassador of the innovative meal-planning service known as: Eat What Elephants Eat Nutrition And Wellness Program, helping spread awareness of plant-based food and eating, while making it accessible and affordable.
Now a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, this native of Richmond, Virginia introduces his online audience to the latest Vegan food scene from both cities, and from his travels across the nation. As a 10-year Vegan, he works to promote health, fitness and a plant-based diet to people wanting to make a positive change in their lives.
2:30-3:15 Speaker: KAREN DAVIS of UNITED POULTRY CONCERNS
“‘Humane’ Eggs and ‘Happy’ Wings: The Truth Behind the Labels”
Citing Nellie’s “Free-Range” Eggs and Perdue “Organic” Chicken as examples, I will explain the true meaning of Free-Range, Cage-Free, Natural, Organic, and Pasture-Raised Poultry and Eggs. What do these terms actually mean, and why should we care? I look forward to answering your questions.
Karen Davis, PhD is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens in Virginia. She is the author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities; A Home for Henny, a children’s book; and Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless “Poultry” Potpourri, a vegan cookbook. Her latest book, For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation, was published in 2019. www.upc-online.org
3:30-4:15 Speaker: KRISSI VANDENBERG of VEGAN ACTION
“The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Help Animals - and Enjoy Every Minute of It!”
Krissi Vandenberg began as a volunteer in 1998 and has served as the Executive Director of Vegan Action since bringing the organization to Richmond, Virginia in 2000. She has been vegan since 1995, inspired by friends and the British cookzine Soy Not Oi!. She was a co-founder of Richmond Animal Rights Network and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Masters of Science in Sociology, and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her passions are punk ethics, hugging trees, feminism, raising a son named Arrow, adopting animals, conversations on ethics, and making the best lentil loaf in town. She has presented at universities and conferences speaking on issues of ethics, veganism, women's empowerment, and body image and self-esteem.
Vegan Action is a national organization working to eliminate animal suffering, reduce environmental impacts, and improve human health. We aim to educate and inspire people to become vegan for the animals, for the environment, and for their health - we are working toward the future to make the world a better place for all. www.vegan.org
4:30-5:00 Music with HOOS IN TREBLE
Hoos in Treble, more fondly known as HIT, is a nationally acclaimed all-female a cappella group at the University of Virginia that has been singing, preferably without instruments, since 1999. Jennie Donovan founded the group in the fall of that year on the principles of quality musicianship, enthusiastic and diverse talent, and a commitment to distinguished performances. In the years since our founding, we have established “Four Pillars” that our group strives to embody at all times: Professionalism, Organization, Creativity, and Sustainability.
5:15-5:45 VEGAN TRIVIA!!!!!
Goody bags for the winners!