Tampa Bay Veg Fest + Central Florida Veg Fest Unite

We know that even through these challenging times, you are still dedicated to making a difference for your health, fellow human beings, non-human animals, and the environment. And since it is now more important than ever to educate ourselves on creating a healthier, more compassionate, and environmentally regenerative world, we are thrilled to present to you three phenomenal world renowned speakers to discuss topics we should all be talking about RIGHT NOW! Please see the speaker schedule below and join us the weekend of October 30-November 1st!

All presentations will be available via Zoom Webinar. Spaces are limited to 1,000 people/presentation. However, if the webinar’s capacity is full, you may still register to view the recordings of each presentation. Please use the buttons below to register for the webinars. Note that each registration button applies only to the webinar of the speaker who you select, so be sure to register for all webinars!

Speaker Schedule

Friday, October 30th

Christopher Sebastian
“Fact Checking Animal Rights Media”

Has anyone ever seen the headline “Lettuce is ‘three times worse than bacon’ for emissions” or some other sensationalist headline? In a media environment where phrases like Fake News have become normalized, it’s important for activists to be able to distinguish good sources from bad. This interactive presentation covers some of the basics for animal rights activists and allies to understanding how to be responsible media consumers, how to evaluate sources, and how to keep your head when social media would encourage us to use it.

Christopher Sebastian is a researcher and technical writer. He uses media theory, political science, and psychology to take a multi-disciplinary approach to helping people understand animal liberation.

*Register ASAP to be a part of the live webinar, as space is limited to 1,000 participants. However, you may still register after the session has ended to review the recorded presentation.

Saturday, October 30th

Neal Barnard, MD “Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, + Health” + “How Foods Can Help Us Fight COVID-19”

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that paved the way for viewing type 2 diabetes as a potentially reversible condition for many patients. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 100 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care. Working with the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and the American Medical Association, Dr. Barnard has authored key resolutions, now part of AMA policy, calling for a new focus on prevention and nutrition in federal policies and in medical practice. In 2018, he received the Medical Society of the District of Columbia’s Distinguished Service Award. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

*Register ASAP to be a part of the live webinar, as space is limited to 1,000 participants. However, you may still register after the session has ended to review the recorded presentation.

Sunday, November 1st

Carol Adams
“Why the Sexual Politics of Meat Matters in 2020”

Carol will be presenting to you a vegan feminist presentation that draws upon representations of women and animals in contemporary popular culture to address the overlapping oppressions of misogyny, white supremacy, and anthropocentrism. The presentation develops and expands upon ideas found in The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat: New and Updated (2020). It identifies how meat has been a valued masculine-identified protein source and the ways that assumptions about meat eating reinforce a gender binary. It shows the operating of a hierarchy which upholds men’s supposed needs for animal foods. It proposes that many meat advertisements are conduits for hate-speech against women and also that they offer ways to encode “whiteness” without being explicit. It also analyzes how animal agriculture draws on conventional dominant discourse to foster oppression, especially the ways in which animal agriculture normalizes sexual exploitation, control of female reproduction, and reifies rape culture in its depictions of “consent” by animals to be impregnated and consumed. The presentation draws upon images that have been sent from around the world by my readers, truly “grassroots sociologists.” The images show the continuing power of the ideology I have called “the sexual politics of meat” and “the pornography of meat.”

Carol J. Adams is a feminist scholar and activist whose written work explores the cultural construction of overlapping and interconnected oppressions, as well as the ethics of care. Adams’s first book, The Sexual Politics of Meat, is now celebrating its 30th anniversary. She is also the author of Burger, in Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series, and co-author with Virginia Messina of Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time, and of many other books. A new and updated The Pornography of Meat (originally published in 2004), appears in the fall of 2020. The visual accompaniment to The Sexual Politics of Meat, it will include 340 images sent from around the world by Adams’s readers, whom she calls “grassroots sociologists.” She is working on a memoir of her mother based on her essay from the New York Times, “Finding Myself in My Mother’s Calendars.” www.caroljadams.com

​*Register ASAP to be a part of the live webinar, as space is limited to 1,000 participants. However, you may still register after the session has ended to review the recorded presentation.

This event is brought to you by Tampa Bay Veg Fest,
Central Florida Veg Fest, and Solutionary Species.