June 28 - July 1 ♦ Los Angeles, CA
Sheraton Gateway Hotel

AR2018 PROGRAM SCHEDULE - Updates in progress

We are currently working on the AR2018 Program Schedule. Below is the tentative schedule and some things may change. 

Last Updated: 6/10

Pre-Conference: Thursday, June 28th
Registration not required
 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Mindfulness & Meditation for Activists Workshop (Details Here)

 

Thursday, June 28th
 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration Opens (Register here)
 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Welcome Reception
Complimentary food samples and drinks
 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm  Exhibitor Set-up
 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Hotel Dinner Showcasing Amazing Protein
Pre-purchase your dinner bundle here
 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Evening Plenary: Opening Ceremony & Addressing Animal Rights
Introductions & Welcome by Gold Sponsors
Speakers include Anita Krajnc, Simone Reyes, Milton Mills
 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Networking Reception
Complimentary food samples

 

Friday, June 29th
 7:30 am - 8:15 am Fitness
Mirko Buchwald
  Mindfulness Meditation
Ariel Nessel, Bob Isaacson
  Yoga
Derrick Bey
 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Registration Opens
 8:00 am - 8:45 am Complimentary breakfast snacks & Brewing Good Coffee at reduced cost
Vegan breakfast options offered in the hotel restaurant
 9:00 am - 10:30 am Morning Plenary:Communicating Change
Announcements by staff and attendees
Speakers include 
Melanie Joy, James Aspey, KR Vargas
 10:30 am - 6:30 pm Exhibit Areas Open (free to visitors)
 10:45 am - 11:45 am Newcomers I: Making Most of AR2018
lauren Ornelas, Veda Stram
  Power of Individual Advocacy
James Aspey, Shemirah Brachah, Susan Prolman
  Know Your Rights 101
Mark Kleiman, Matthew Strugar
  Power of Documentaries
Allison Argo, Mark Devries, Jasmine Leyva, Jian Yi
  Relationships & Communication
Melanie Joy
  Film: So Give Me An F
Q&A with Gene Baur, Barbara English, Synthian Sharp
 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Abuse of Animals in the Wild
Lisa Levinson, Damien Mander, Shirley McGreal
  Mainstreaming Our Message
Karen Dawn, Rachel Krantz, Robin Lamont
  Shutting Down Ag-Gag Laws
Matthew Liebman, Matthew Strugar
  Queering Animal Liberation
pattrice jones, Honey LaBronx
  Nature of Social Change
Anita Krajnc, Sharon Núñez
  Film: THE LAST PIG
Q&A with Allison Argo
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Break for Lunch & Exhibits
Hotel Lunch Showcasing Amazing Protein
Pre-purchase your lunch bundle here
 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Abuse of Animals for Entertainment
Carrie LeBlanc, Rachel Carbury, Jeff Matthews
  Engaging Food Business
Jaya Bhumitra, Kristie Middleton, Kassy Ortega
  Confrontation & Investigations
Zachary Groff, Mike Wolf
  Animal Activism in China
Leah Edgerton, Pei Su, Jenny Tang, Wanqing Zhou
 
Growing Our Potential
Aashish Bhimani, Candy Valentino
  Film: Stolen Lives Project 
Q&A with Terran Baylor, Kery Shaw
 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Abuse of Animals for Fashion
Alycia Corpiel, Kathleen Lowson
  Animal-Friendly Finances 
Joshua Levine, Brenda Morris, Alicia Robb
  Speaking Powerfully
Odette Wilkens
  Animal Activism in India
Jessika Ava, Aneeha Patwardhan, Prashanth V, Eileen Weintraub
Advocating Through Stories
Indra Lahiri, Christopher Locke
 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Film: Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story  
Q&A with Mick McIntyre
 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Truth Behind Dairy & Eggs
Ashley Capps, Nassim Nobari, Justin Van Kleeck
  Empowering Youth 
Genesis Butler, Barbara Gates, Susan Hargreaves, Pei Su
  Importance of Language
Amanda Houdeschell, Shawna Weaver
  Animal Activism in Mexico
Mariana Arellano, Dulce Ramirez, Katia Rodriguez
Compassion Unlocks Identity:
Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and Finding Identity Through Compassion

Jasmin Singer
 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Hotel Dinner Showcasing Amazing Protein
Pre-purchase your dinner bundle here
 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Evening Plenary: The Power of Diversity: Strategic and Demographic
Speakers include Harish Sethu, Kelly Witwicki, lauren Ornelas, pattrice jones, Breeze Harper
 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Networking Reception
Complimentary food samples

 

Saturday, June 30th
 7:30 am - 8:15 am Fitness
Mirko Buchwald
  Mindfulness Meditation
Ariel Nessel, Bob Isaacson
  Yoga
Derrick Bey
 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration Opens
 8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast Snack
 9:00 am - 10:45 am Morning Plenary
Announcements by staff and attendees
Speakers include Susie Coston, Sebastian Joy, Lindsay Wolf, Michael Budkie
 10:30 am - 6:30 pm Exhibit Areas Open (free to visitors)
 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Addressing the Humane Hoax
Hope Bohanec, Justin Van Kleeck
  Running Local Events
Michelle Carrera, Aylam Orian, Brenda Sanders
  Get Inspired for Animals
Dotsie Bausch, Will Tuttle
  International Animal Advocacy
Guilherme Carvalho, Rosana Ng, Xochitl Rivera
  Nurturing Activism & Ourselves
Tracye and Mary McQuirter, Lisa Rimmert, Tiffany Walker-Roper
  Film: Cesar Chavez: Respect for All 
Q&A with Deborah Elliott, Karen Dawn, Gwenna Hunter, Daniel Redwood
 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Break for Lunch & Exhibits
Hotel Lunch Showcasing Amazing Protein
Pre-purchase your lunch bundle here
 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Abuse of Aquatic Animals
lauren Ornelas, Lindsay Wolf
  Organizing Our Grassroots
Rachel Black, Robert Grillo, Aylam Orian
Day/Time Change Fostering Healthy Work Cultures
Andrea Gunn, Laura Henderson
  Influencing Lawmakers
Rachel Atcheson, Anthony Bellotti, Jay Shooster
  Running a Sanctuary
Marji Beach, Laurelee Blanchard, Rachel McCrystal, Shirley McGreal
 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Film: The Invisible Vegan
Q&A with Genesis Butler, Jasmine Leyva, Tracye McQuirter, Milton Mills
 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Abuse of Animals for Science
Karen Budkie, Stacey Ellison, Jerry Vlasak
  Supporting and Retaining Vegans
Eric Lindstrom, Neta Rosenthal
 Time Changed Basics of Vegan Nutrition
Vesanto Melina, Jack Norris, Matthew Ruscigno
  Power of Vegan Business
Miyoko Schinner, Stephanie Redcross
  Nourishing Community
Milton Mills, Brenda Sanders
 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Countering Vivisection
Michael Budkie, Justin Goodman
  Strategies for Campus Outreach
Emmanuel Marquez, Rachel Pawelski, Meghan Smith
  Utilizing Video for Mainstream Media
Nora Constance Marino, Jane Velez-Mitchell
  Working For Our Movement
Irina Anta, Jill Carnegie, Greg Muren
  Beyond Interconnections 
Aph Ko
 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Break (Prep for Banquet)
 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Evening Plenary: Awards Banquet and Dinner
Purchase tickets when registering or here.
 9:30 pm US Film Premiere: Dominion
Q&A with Chris Delforce, Shaun Monson
 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Networking Reception
Complimentary food samples

 

Sunday, July 1st
 7:30 am - 8:15 am Fitness
Mirko Buchwald
  Mindfulness Meditation
Ariel Nessel, Bob Isaacson
  Yoga
Derrick Bey
 8:00 am - 6:30 pm Registration Opens
 8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast Snack
 9:00 am - 10:00 am Morning Plenary: Drawing Outside the Lines - Creative Advocacy 
Announcements by staff and attendees
Speakers include Sharon Núñez, Michelle Carrera, Clare Mann
MC: Earthling Ed
 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Exhibit Areas Open (free to visitors)
 10:15 am - 11:15 am Abuse of Land Animals for Food
Gene Baur, Robert Grillo
  Raising Funds for Our Cause
Nikki Bollaert, Carrie LeBlanc, Omri Paz
  Power of Data
Jo Anderson, Michelle Rojas
  Animal Activism in Latin America
Juliana Castaneda Turner, George Guimaraes, Sandra Lopes, Vivian Mocellin
  Focused vs. Single-Issue Campaigns
Karen Davis
  Building Our Compassion Endurance
Indra Lahiri, Clare Mann
 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Abuse of Animal Companions
Share Bond, Alycia Corpiel, Renee Shamloo
  Engaging Through Religion 
Jeffrey Cohan, Tyson-Lord Gray, Scott Smith, Shmuly Yanklowitz
  Power of Social Media
Ally Hinton, Dan McKernan, John Oberg
  Animal Activism in Africa
Damien Mander, Anteneh Roba
  Microsanctuaries 101
Amanda Houdeschell, Hana Low, Rockwell Schwartz
  How to Cope with Stress? - Activist Support Group Discussion
Marilyn Kroplick, Clare Mann
 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Break for Lunch & Exhibits
Hotel Lunch Showcasing Amazing Protein
Pre-purchase your lunch bundle here
 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Nutrition for Animal Companions
Armaiti May, Lindsay Rubin, Kery Shaw
  Building Coalitions
Victor Flores, Amy Halpern-Laff, Brian Kateman
  Winning and Enforcing Laws
Camila Cossio, Cheryl Leahy, Nora Constance Marino, Jodie Wiederkehr
  Animal Activism in Europe & UK
Matteo Cupi, Matthew Glover, Sebastian Joy, Earthling Ed
 
The Future of Sanctuaries
Johnny Braz, Patti Nyman, Kathy Stevens
  How Vegan is Enough? (Group Discussion)
Karen Dawn
 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Environment & Population
Ashley Capps, Mia MacDonald, Alexandra Paul
  Leadership & Professionalism
David Coman-Hidy, Darina Bockman, Jon Bockman
  Publicizing Our Message
Fleur Dawes, Julia Orr, Sarah Pickering
  The Future of Meat
Bruce Friedrich, Jacy Reese
 Day/Time Changed Changing Nature of Vegan Advocacy 
Gene Baur, Jack Norris
  Is Killing Ever Justified? (Group Discussion)
 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Closing Plenary: Celebrating Successes
Speakers include Colleen Holland and Erica Meier
 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Hotel Dinner Showcasing Amazing Protein
Pre-purchase your dinner bundle here
 8:30 pm Closing Celebration
Join us for drinks, snacks, entertainment, and fun!
Entertainers for the evening include VeganEvan, Honey LaBronx, Chucho Merchán, and DJ Shawn Alexander