July 10th - 13th • Westin LAX Hotel
5400 W Century Blvd in Los Angeles, CA

2013 Program Schedule

Thursday, June 27

Registration (4pm-10pm)

4:00-5:30pm
Welcome Reception & Conference Slideshow
Screening of "Turlock the Documentary" with Q&A from filmmaker Keegan Kuhn

Dinner (6-7pm)

Opening Plenary (7:20-9:30pm) - MC: Webermann
Opening Ceremony - Cressey
Welcome Remarks - Hershaft, McGreal, Meyer, Runkle, Vastano
Introductions & Program Preview - Riley, Webermann
Musical Interlude - Redwood
An Eyewitness View of History (brief history of the U.S. animal rights movement) - Hershaft
Animal Rights - What It's All About (historical development, abolitionism, utilitarianism, language, is it about us?) - Friedman, Phelps, Zeman

Networking Reception & Singles Mingle (9:30-11pm)

 

Friday, June 28

Group Workout (7:30-8:15am) (choice of aerobics, calisthenics, yoga with professional trainers) - Cressey, Dinshah, Shoss

Snack (8-8:45am)

Morning Plenary I (9-10:10am) - MC: Meier
State of Our Movement (recent progress and prospects in key areas of animal abuse) - Brown, M. Budkie, Lawson

Workshops (Issues, Organizing, Tactics,Reports)

10:30am
Newcomer Orientation I (animal exploitation, animal rights, AR movement, AR conference) - Moncrief, Stram, Webermann
Working for the Movement (full-time or spare-time activism? what professional skills are needed?) - Camp, Leahy, Rose
Nature of Social Change (social progress through struggle, stages of social change, recognizing victory) - Hershaft
Lessons From Amusement/Fur Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce animal use and abuse for amusement and fashion) - Enoch, jones, Meyer

11:30am
Animal Abuse for Science (videos and Q&A about animal abuse in education, testing, research) - K. Budkie, M. Budkie
Raising Funds for Animals (direct mail, planned giving, investments, accounting systems, cutting costs) - LeBlanc
Developing Our Movement (mission & vision, structure, alignments, issues, leadership, communications) - Ginsberg, Hershaft
Lessons From Companion Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce population and abuse of animal companions) - Gomaa, Haisley, McCrystal, Shoss, Stanley

12:30pm
Speaking Truth to Carnistic Power (dealing with carnism, the meat eating mindset) - Joy
Humane Education Training - Sweeney

Lunch (1:30-2:20pm)

2:30pm
Animal Abuse for Amusement and Companionship (videos and Q&A about abuse of dogs, cats, circuses, zoos, rodeos, racing & fighting) - Enoch, Friedlander, McCrystal
Managing a Local Group (volunteers, meetings, workload distribution, working with nationals, finances) - Erenberg, Merino-Mullin
Conducting Effective Personal Advocacy (leafleting, feed-ins, tabling, video screenings, school lectures, speaking up) - Friedrich, Sjodin
Lessons From Vivisection Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce animal use and abuse in laboratories & schools) - Bellotti, M. Budkie, Shoss, Strong

3:30pm
Animal Abuse for Food (videos and Q&A about animal abuse on farms, at sea, in slaughterhouses) - Finelli, Friedrich
Personal Growth - I: Taking Charge of Your Life (how did we get here? dropping fears, taking charge, developing activism) - Hershaft
Running Effective Campaigns (objectives, tactics, resources, action plan, special events, assessment) - Ginsberg, Webermann
Lessons From Wildlife Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to stop extermination of animals on land and water) - Heister, Lawson, Muller, Vermeulen

4:30pm
Abuse of Wildlife on Land & Water (videos and Q&A about extermination of free animals on land and water) - Hartland, Heister, Lawson
Personal Growth - II: Leadership & Accomplishing (developing leadership, getting things done, staying resilient, preventing burnout) - Hershaft, Lin
Practicing Effective Communication (hands-on training to help participants confidently respond to common challenges) - Gibson, Joy
Lessons From Agriculture Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce use of farmed animals) - Bhumitra, Camp, Cantrell, Coman-Hidy, Cooney, Felsinger, Garza, jones

Dinner (6-7pm)

Evening Plenary I (7:20-9:30pm)

Activist Repression (government and corporate repression of animal and other social justice activism) - Blum, Boghosian, Meeropol, Potter; MC: Wilkens
Musical Interlude - Vougeot
Examining Strategies for Animal Liberation (goals vs strategies; examing legal, individual, institutional approaches to liberation) - Meier, Morlino, Phelps, Prosin, Webermann; MC: Joy

Networking Reception & Singles Mingle (9:30-11pm)


Saturday, June 29

Group Workout (7:30-8:15am) (choice of aerobics, calisthenics, yoga with professional trainers) - Cressey, Dinshah, Shoss

Snack (8-8:45am)

Morning Plenary II (9-10:10am)
The Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights - Francione

Workshops (Issues,Organizing,Tactics, Raps)

10:30am
Newcomer Orientation II (stories of involvement by successful activists) - Moran, Morlino, Stram, Young
Winning Hearts and Minds (theory of changing behavior directly and by impacting feelings and beliefs) - Hershaft, Tuttle
Engaging Politicians and Laws (political activism, enacting local laws, countering ag-gag) - Marino, Muller, P. Shapiro
What Do We Want? How Do We Get It? (what is our personal vision, mission, strategy, and tactic for animal rights?) - Webermann

11:30am
Inner Lives of Animals (how animals learn, think, feel, and communicate) - Balcombe
Running a Sanctuary (zoning, recruiting help, animal acceptance and care, role in public education) - Brown
Enforcing Protective Laws (using local authorities, media, agitation) - Bala, Stanley
When Is Collaboration Justified? (how far can we work with an organization with a different vision?) - Dalal, P. Shapiro

12:30pm
What About Abolition and Welfare? (is welfare reform or abolition the optimal path to animal liberation?) - Francione, Friedrich; MC: Tuttle
Animal Rescue Training (hands-on animal rescue training) - Haisley

Lunch (1:30-2:20pm)

2:30pm
Exposing the Meat Industry (trade associations, publications, revolving door with government, deceptive advertising) - Finelli, Sethu, Simon
Applying Direct Action (getting attention and changing behavior through economic & social pressure) - Shoss, Stepanian, Vermeulen, Young
Raising a Vegan Generation (books, school lunch, nutrition, social situations, activities) - K. Budkie, Dinshah, Rose, Zeman
When have we done enough? (are we guided by reason, feelings, or fears? when do we quit?) - Camp, Cressey, jones

3:30pm
Commonality of Oppression (commonalities in the oppression of animals, children, women, minorities) - Baruch, DeCoux, jones, Kemmerer
Promise of Civil Disobedience (banner drops, stealth labeling, blocking access, sit-ins, disruptions, open rescues) - Guimaraes, R. Shapiro, Webermann
Dealing With Vivisection (arguments, lobbying, rescues,) - Akhtar, Bellotti, M. Budkie
When is direct action justified? (does direct action have a place in our advocacy? And if so, when?) - Simon, Wilkens, Young

4:30pm
Vegan Nutrition for Activists (benefits and concerns of a vegan diet for humans and animals; vegan nutrition Q&A) - Greger, Guimaraes
Dealing with Law Enforcement (dealing with police, permits, arrests, documenting, prison time; hands-on training) - Boghosian, Light, Simon
Lessons From Abroad (novel tactics from other countries) - Leenaert, Núñez, Wolfson, Zösch
How Do We Deal With Moral Dilemmas? (are cheating and killing ever justified? and, if so, when? ideology vs. reality) - Friedman

6:30pm - Gourmet Vegan Meal Banquet

Evening Plenary II (7:30-9:30pm) - MC: Moncrief
Conference Report - Hershaft
Awards: Youth and Grassroots Activist - Runkle, Shoss
Comedy Set by Myq Kaplan
Benefit Auction - Webermann
Musical Interlude III - Tuttle
Awards: Vegan Athlete & Hall of Fame - Dalal, Hershaft

Networking Reception (9:30-11pm)


Sunday, June 30

Group Workout (7:30-8:15am) (choice of aerobics, calisthenics, yoga with professional trainers) - Cressey, Dinshah, Shoss

Snack (8-8:45am)

Morning Plenary III (9-10:10am) - MC: Erenberg
Voices of Other Movements (working with other life-affirming and social justice movements) - Hauter, MacLeod-Ball

Exhibits and Videos (10:15am-6pm)

Workshops (Issues, Organizing, Tactics)

10:30am
Advocating for Primates (trade in and abuse of primates for research and amusement) - M. Budkie, McGreal, Prosin
Speaking Our Message (attracting and maintaining interest in our presentations) - Moran
Engaging Wall Street (saving animals through securities trading and shareholder meetings) - Simon, Slonimsky, Stepanian

11:30am
Addressing Animal Companion Population (life-affirming approach to dealing with homeless animals) - Haisley, Holtz, McCrystal
Designing & Printing Our Message (designing for the audience, layout programs, fonts, colors, graphics, paper, printers) - Holland, Runkle
Engaging Agencies and Businesses (letter writing, replacing animal products, economic and social pressure) - Erenberg, Rice, P. Shapiro

12:30pm
Utilizing Psychology for Social Change (changing behavior through application of social psychology) - Cooney
The Ghosts in Our Machine Sneak Preview - Marshall, McArthur
Lobbying Training - Muller, Wilkens

Lunch (1:30-2:20pm)

2:30pm
Externalities of Animal Abuse (pollution by factory farms, impact on global warming, world hunger, species extinction) - Akhtar, Maratos, Moncrief
Advertising Our Message (newspapers, public transport, billboards, radio/TV, internet) - Meier, Runkle
Engaging Young Adults (using videos and follow-up to engage young people) - Camp, Webermann

3:30pm
Challenging the Humane Hoax (exposing the myths & deceptive language surrounding supposedly "humane" animal products) - Bohanec, Cao
Maintaining Your Online Presence (websites, e-newsletters, blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube) - Ginsberg, Holland
Engaging Media (being newsworthy and a source, news releases, letters to editor, talk shows, cultivating) - Hershaft, Potter, Runkle

4:30pm
War on Animal Activism (repression of social activism by government and corporate interests) - Blum, DeCoux, Potter, R. Shapiro
Advocating for Animals Online (on-line agitation, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube) - Modi, Orand
Engaging Abroad (advocating respect for animals, animal rights, and veganism abroad) - Dreher, Leigh-Chantelle, Moncrief, Webermann

Closing Plenary (5:30-6:45pm) - MC: Dalal
We're Winning - Holland, Moran, Tuttle
Closing Ceremony

Dinner (7-8pm)

Celebration of Animal Rights (8-10pm)


Monday, July 1

Snack (8-8:45am)

Post-Conference Activities
Lobbying (9:00am - 5:00pm) - Wilkens
Demo (12:00pm - 2:00pm) - M. Budkie

Thursday, June 27
Registration (4pm-10pm)
Welcome Reception (4-5:30pm)
Turlock the Documentary (Screening of "Turlock the Documentary"; Q&A with filmmaker Keegan Kuhn) - Kuhn
Conference Slideshow
Dinner (6-7pm)
Dinner with Documentors (6:15 - 7:05pm)
Dinner with European Strategists (6:15 - 7:05pm)
Opening Plenary (7:20-9:30pm) - Weber
Opening Ceremony - Cressey
Welcome Remarks - Hershaft, McGreal, Meyer, Runkle, Vastano
Staff Introductions & Program Preview - Riley
Musical Interlude I
An Eyewitness View of History (brief history of the U.S. animal rights movement) - Hershaft
Animal Rights - What It's All About (historical development, abolitionism, utilitarianism, is it about us?) - Friedman, Phelps, Zeman
Networking Reception I (9:30-11pm)
 

Friday, June 28
Group Workout I (7:30-8:15am) (choice of aerobics, calisthenics, yoga with professional trainers) - Cressey, Dinshah, Shoss
Snack (8-8:45am)
Registration (8am-8pm)
Morning Plenary I (9-10:10am) - Meier
Announcements - Riley
State of Our Movement (recent progress and prospects in key areas of animal abuse) - Brown, M. Budkie, Lawson
Exhibits (10:15am-6pm)
Workshops (Issues, Organizing, Tactics,Reports)
10:30am
Newcomer Orientation I (animal exploitation, animal rights, AR movement, AR conference) - Moncrief, Stram, Weber
Working for the Movement (full-time or spare-time activism? what professional skills are needed?) - Camp, Leahy, Rose
Nature of Social Change (social progress through struggle, stages of social change, recognizing victory) - Hershaft
Lessons From Amusement/Fur Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce animal use and abuse for amusement and fashion) - Enoch, jones, Meyer
11:30am
Animal Abuse for Science (videos and Q&A about animal abuse in education, testing, research) - K. Budkie, M. Budkie
Raising Funds for Animals (direct mail, planned giving, investments, accounting systems, cutting costs) - LeBlanc
Developing Our Movement (mission & vision, structure, alignments, issues, leadership, communications) - Ginsberg, Hershaft
Lessons From Companion Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce population and abuse of animal companions) - Gomaa, Haisley, McCrystal, Shoss, Stanley
Speaking Truth to Carnistic Power (dealing with carnism, the meat eating mindset) - Joy
Humane Education Training - Sweeney
Lunch (1:30-2:20pm)
Workshops (Issues, Organizing, Tactics,Reports)
2:30pm
Animal Abuse for Amusement and Companionship (videos and Q&A about abuse of dogs, cats, circuses, zoos, rodeos, racing & fighting) - Enoch, Friedlander, McCrystal
Managing a Local Group (volunteers, meetings, workload distribution, working with nationals, finances) - Erenberg, Merino-Mullin
Conducting Effective Personal Advocacy (leafleting, feed-ins, tabling, video screenings, school lectures, speaking up) - Friedrich, Sjodin
Lessons From Vivisection Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce animal use and abuse in laboratories & schools) - Bellotti, M. Budkie, Shoss, Strong
3:30pm
Animal Abuse for Food (videos and Q&A about animal abuse in factory farms, slaughterhouses) - Finelli, Friedrich
Personal Growth - I: Taking Charge of Your Life (how did we get here? dropping fears, taking charge, developing activism) - Hershaft
Running Effective Campaigns (objectives, tactics, resources, action plan, special events, assessment) - Ginsberg, Weber
Lessons From Wildlife Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to stop extermination of animals on land and water) - Heister, Lawson, Muller, Vermeulen
4:30pm
Abuse of Wildlife on Land & Water (videos and Q&A about extermination of free animals on land and water) - Hartland, Heister, Lawson
Personal Growth - II: Leading and Accomplishing (developing leadership, getting things done, staying resilient, preventing burnout) - Hershaft, Lin
Practicing Effective Communication (hands-on training to help participants confidently respond to common challenges) - Gibson, Joy
Lessons From Agriculture Campaigns (lessons from campaigns to reduce use of farmed animals) - Bhumitra, Camp, Cantrell, Coman-Hidy, Cooney, Felsinger, Garza, jones
Dinner (6-7pm)
Dinner with Movement Publishers (6:15 - 7:05pm)
Evening Plenary I (7:20-9:30pm) - Joy, Wilkens
Activist Repression (government and corporate repression of animal and other social justice activism) - Blum, Boghosian, Meeropol, Potter
Musical Interlude II - Vougeot
Examining Strategies for Animal Liberation (goals vs strategies, the new 3Rs: re-education, reduction, and retention) - Meier, Morlino, Phelps, Prosin, Weber
Networking Reception II (9:30-11pm)
Singles Mingle (9:30-11pm) (A chance for single people to play games and meet others in a relaxed and friendly environment.)
 

Saturday, June 29
Group Workout II (7:30-8:15am) (choice of aerobics, calisthenics, yoga with professional trainers) - Cressey, Dinshah, Shoss
Snack (8-8:45am)
Registration (8am-2pm)
Morning Plenary II (9-10:10am) - Hershaft
Announcements - Riley
One Abolitionist's Perspective - Francione
Exhibits (10:15am-6pm)
Workshops (Issues,Organizing,Tactics, Raps)
10:30am
Newcomer Orientation II (stories of involvement by successful activists) - Moran, Morlino, Stram, Young
Winning Hearts and Minds (theory of changing behavior directly and by impacting feelings and beliefs) - Hershaft, Tuttle
Engaging Politicians and Laws (political activism, enacting local laws, countering ag-gag bills) - Marino, Muller, P. Shapiro
What Do We Want? How Do We Get It? (what is our personal vision, mission, strategy, and tactic for animal rights?) - Weber
11:30am
Inner Lives of Animals (how animals learn, think, feel, and communicate) - Balcombe
Running a Sanctuary (zoning, recruiting help, animal acceptance and care, role in public education) - Brown
Enforcing Protective Laws (using local authorities, media, agitation) - Bala, Stanley
When Is Collaboration Justified? (how far can we work with an organization with a different vision?) - Dalal, P. Shapiro
What About Abolition and Welfare? (is welfare reform or abolition the optimal path to animal liberation?) - Francione, Friedrich, Tuttle
Animal Rescue Training (hands-on animal rescue training) - Haisley
Lunch (1:30-2:20pm)
Workshops (Issues,Organizing,Tactics, Raps)
2:30pm
Exposing the Meat Industry (trade associations, publications, revolving door with government, deceptive advertising) - Finelli, Sethu, Simon
Applying Direct Action (getting attention and changing behavior through economic & social pressure) - Shoss, Stepanian, Young
Raising a Vegan Generation (books, school lunch, nutrition, social situations, activities) - K. Budkie, Dinshah, Rose, Zeman
When have we done enough? (are we guided by reason, feelings, or fears? when do we quit?) - Camp, Cressey, jones
3:30pm
Commonality of Oppression (commonalities in the oppression of animals, children, women, minorities) - DeCoux, jones, Kemmerer
Promise of Civil Disobedience (banner drops, stealth labeling, blocking access, sit-ins, disruptions, open rescues) - Guimaraes, R. Shapiro, Weber
Dealing With Vivisection (arguments, lobbying, rescues, social pressure) - Akhtar, Bellotti, M. Budkie
When is direct action justified? (does direct action have a place in our advocacy? and if so, when?) - Phelps, Wilkens, Young
4:30pm
Vegan Nutrition for Activists (benefits and concerns of a vegan diet for humans and animals; vegan nutrition Q&A) - Greger, Guimaraes
Dealing with Law Enforcement (dealing with police, permits, arrests, documenting, prison time; hands-on training) - Boghosian, Light, Simon
Lessons From Abroad (novel tactics from other lands) - Leenaert, Núñez, Wolfson, Zösch
How Do We Deal With Moral Dilemmas? (are cheating and killing ever justified? and, if so, when? ideology vs. reality) - Friedman
Banquet (6:30pm)
Gourmet Vegan Banquet
Conference Slideshow
Evening Plenary II (7:30-9:30pm) - Moncrief
Conference Report - Hershaft
Awards: Youth and Grassroots Activist - Runkle, Shoss
Benefit Auction - Weber
Musical Interlude III - Tuttle, Vougeot
Awards: Hall of Fame - Dalal, Hershaft
Networking Reception (9:30-11pm)
 

Sunday, June 30
Group Workout III (7:30-8:15am) (choice of aerobics, calisthenics, yoga with professional trainers) - Cressey, Dinshah, Shoss
Snack (8-8:45am)
Registration (8am-12pm)
Morning Plenary III (9-10:10am) - Erenberg
Announcements - Riley
Voices of Other Movements (working with other life-affirming and social justice movements) - Hauter, Macleod-Ball
Exhibits (10:15am-6pm)
Workshops (Issues, Organizing, Tactics)
10:30am
Advocating for Primates (trade in and abuse of primates for research and amusement) - M. Budkie, McGreal, Prosin
Speaking Our Message (attracting and maintaining interest in our presentations) - Moran
Engaging Wall Street (saving animals through securities trading and shareholder meetings) - Simon, Slonimsky, Stepanian
11:30am
Addressing Animal Companion Population (Dealing with homeless animals by improving shelters, TNR, and avoiding killing) - Haisley, Holtz, McCrystal
Designing & Printing Our Message (designing for the audience, layout programs, fonts, colors, graphics, paper, printers) - Holland, Runkle
Engaging Agencies and Businesses (letter writing, replacing animal products, economic and social pressure) - Erenberg, Rice, P. Shapiro
Utilizing Psychology for Social Change (changing behavior through application of social psychology) - Cooney
The Ghosts in Our Machine Sneak Preview - Marshall, McArthur
Lobbying Training - Wilkens
Lunch (1:30-2:20pm)
Workshops (Issues, Organizing, Tactics)
2:30pm
Externalities of Animal Abuse (pollution by factory farms, impact on global warming, world hunger, species extinction) - Akhtar, Maratos, Moncrief
Advertising Our Message (newspapers, public transport, billboards, radio/TV, internet) - Meier, Runkle
Engaging Young Adults (using videos and follow-up to engage young people) - Camp, Weber
3:30pm
Challenging the Humane Hoax (exposing the myths & deceptive language surrounding supposedly "humane" animal products) - Bohanec, Cao
Maintaining Your Online Presence (Managing your organization's website, e-newsletter, blog, social media presence) - Ginsberg, Holland
Engaging Media (being newsworthy and a source, news releases, letters to editor, talk shows, cultivating) - Hershaft, Potter, Runkle
4:30pm
War on Animal Activism (repression of social activism by government and corporate interests) - Blum, DeCoux, Potter, R. Shapiro
Advocating for Animals Online (online engagement; petitions; spreading awareness through social media and video) - Modi, Orand
Engaging Abroad (advocating respect for animals, animal rights, and veganism abroad) - Dreher, Leigh-Chantelle, Moncrief, Parks, Weber
Closing Plenary (5:30-6:45pm) - Dalal
Conference Slideshow
We're Winning - Holland, Moran, Tuttle
Closing Ceremony
Dinner (7-8pm)
Celebration of Animal Rights (8-10pm)
 

Monday, July 1
Snack (8-8:45am)
Post-Conference Activities
Lobbying (10:00am - 12:00pm) - Wilkens
Demo (10:00am - 12:00pm) - M. Budkie