August 3 - 6 ♦ Hilton Mark Center
just outside of Washington, DC


Thursday, August 3
Special Seminar (10:00am-4:00pm)
Mindfulness & Meditation for Activists (Training in several forms of mindfulness and meditation to calm and direct our minds) - [m]Isaacson, Nessel
Welcome Reception (4:00pm-6:00pm)
Registration (4:00pm-10:00pm)
Dinner (6:00pm-7:00pm)
Opening Plenary (7:20-9:30pm)
Welcome by Gold Sponsors - Budkie, Cooney, Holmberg, Moncrief, Nunez, Riley
Program Preview - Hershaft
Nature of Animal Rights (A survey of the several ethical and legal theories of animal rights) - Kemmerer, Leonard, Wise
Our Future is Vegan (Our vision of a vegan world) - Klaper
Networking Reception I (9:30m-11:00pm)


Friday, August 4
Meditation (7:30am-8:15am) - [m]Isaacson
Yoga training (7:30am-8:15am) - [m]Cressey
Snack (8:00am-8:45am)
Registration (8:00am-8:00pm)
Morning Plenary I (9:00am-10:30am) - [m]Coman-Hidy
State of Our Movement (Recent progress, challenges, and prospects in our movement's key areas) - Budkie, Phillips, Rivard, Webermann
Announcements and Speed Touting (Brief announcements by attendees)
Exhibits (10:30am-6:00pm)
Concurrent Workshops
Threat of Human Overpopulation (Human overpopulation threatens animal habitats and rights) - Munter, Paul, Rieder
Know Your Rights 101 (How to exercize our basic rights of free speech and assembly) - McElligott, Meeropol, Strugar
Winning Hearts and Minds (Past and current theories and techniques of vegan advocacy) - Hershaft
Power of Individual Advocacy (Power of personal testimony, T-shirts, leafleting, letter writing) - Friedrich, Marr, Prolman
Newcomers I: Making Most of AR2017 (The AR movement, visions and strategies, conference role and program) - Riley, Webermann
Animal Personhood (Animal have individual personalities, feelings, interests) - Cantor, Davis, Lahiri
Growing Our Potential (Taking charge of our lives and becoming effective activists and leaders) - Hershaft
Power of Art and Photography (Power of art and photography in advocating for animal rights) - Lindstrom, McArthur, Rose
Power of Confrontation (Power of confrontation in advancing animal rights) - Groff, Hance, Krajnc, Reese
ABCs of Vegan Nutrition (Do's and don’t's of vegan nutrition; diseases associated with animal foods) - Klaper, Melina, Messina
Lunch (1:00pm-2:15pm)
Lunch with Gold Sponsors (1:30pm-2:15pm)
Concurrent Workshops
Getting to Know Our Adversaries (Who is driving animal exploitation and how they are likely to stop) - Budkie, Cantor, Gunn, Nobari
Surviving Our Activism (Dealing with despair, disillusionment, and burnout) - Gorski, Leenaert, Levinson
Power of Videos (Power of videos in advocating for animal rights) - Barwick, Berger, Brown
Nature of Social Change (How social norms change; needs and resources, stages of change) - Hershaft
Power of Investigations (Power of investigations in advocating for animal rights) - Couto, Rice, Valle, Wolf
Abuse of Fish and Marine Mammals (Abuse of aquatic animals by the fishing industry) - Caldwell, Finelli, Hance
Power of Documentaries (Power of documentaries in advocating for animal rights) - Devries, McIntyre, Monson
Removing Vegan Barriers (Removing barriers to our vegan advocacy) - Ginsberg, Hershaft, Kaufman
Power of Research and Numbers (Need for research and handling of numbers in animal advocacy) - Budkie, Ginsberg, Moncrief, Sethu
Abuse of Land Animals for Food (Abuse of animals by the meat and dairy industries) - Friedrich, Sethu, Webermann
Veganism as Social Deviance (Social reforms requirence courageous deviance from social norms) - Barwick, Davis, Nobari, Rosenberg
Working For Our Movement (Pros and cons of donating, volunteering, and employment) - Hershaft, Ottens, Perry, Sjodin
Power of Technology (Technological innovations in advocating for animals) - Couto, Devries, Sauerburger, Valle
Supporting and Retaining Vegans (How to support new vegans and prevent recidivism) - Kroplick, Kwiatkowski, Lindstrom
Improving Relationships & Communication (Improving relations and communication with meat-consuming family and friends) - Joy
Dinner (6:00pm-7:00pm)
Evening Plenary I (7:20pm-9:30pm) - [m]Meier, Aspey
Winning Strategies for Farmed Animals (Individual advocacy and reform of U.S. food system) - Friedrich, Hershaft
A Global Approach (A global approach to vegan advocacy) - Joy, Joy, Leenaert, Tuider
A Call to Action (Inspiring messages for our movement) - Kjonaas, Newkirk
Networking Reception II (9:30pm-11:00pm)


Saturday, August 5
Meditation (7:30am-8:15am) - [m]Isaacson
Yoga training (7:30am-8:15am) - [m]Cressey
Snack (8:00am-8:45am)
Registration (8:00am-6:00pm)
Morning Plenary II (9:00am-10:30am) - [m]Moran
Announcements and Speed Touting
Personal Reflections (Personal reflections by movement leaders) - Adams, Davis
Animal Rights in Age of Trump (Likely impacts of Trump presidency on animal rights) - Meeropol, Shapiro, Velez-Mitchell
Exhibits (10:30am-6:00pm)
Concurrent Workshops
Abuse of Animal Companions (Dealing with homeless cats, dogs, and birds) - Funkhouser, Kyle, Semeniuk
Organizing for Change (Preparing a successful campaign) - Coman-Hidy, Groff, Hurst, Nunez
Power of Language and Rhetoric (Power of words and phrases in advocating for veganism) - Barwick, Hershaft, Wright
Plant-Based Food Revolution (Plant-based foods are revolutionizing the U.S. food system) - Balk, Friedrich, Tibbott
Newcomers II: Inspiring Journeys (Inspiring personal stories by prominnet movement activists) - Baur, Bausch, Munter, Runkle
Abuse of Animals in Fashion (Abuse of animals for leather, fur, feathers, and wool) - Annilyn, Schmitz, Sewell
Managing a National Organization (How to run a successful national animal rights organization) - Cooney, Gunn, Nunez
Power of Stories (Power of telling personal stories in vegan advocacy) - Kjonaas, Lahiri, Lamont
Plant-Based Diet Campaigns (Diet campaign are creating a demand for plant-based foods.) - Kateman, Middleton, Okamoto
Power of Inclusivity and Compassion (Living with the knowledge that even vegans die) - Adams, Breitman, Messina
Lunch (1:00pm-2:15pm)
Lunch with Gold Sponsors (1:30pm-2:15pm)
Concurrent Workshops
Abuse of Animals for Science (Abuse of animals in education, product testing, drug research) - Budkie, Ellison, Vlasak
Running a Local Group (How to run a successful local group) - Carrera, Joy, Sanders
Addressing Humane Hoax (Dealing with "humane," "cage-free," and other misleading labels) - Bohanec, Grillo, Van Kleeck
Winning Local Laws (Enacting local legislation to protect animals) - Birnkrant, Marino, Shapiro
Promoting Veganism or Saving Animals? (Is there a conflict and how do we reconcile it?)
Confronting Abuse for Science (Reducing abuse of animals in education, testing, and research) - Budkie, Goodman, Sandler
Running Local Events (How to plan and implement an effective local event) - Meier, Riley, Sanders
Speaking Our Message (How to perform effective public speaking) - Marino, Moran, Wilkens
Winning National Laws (Enacting national legislation to protect animals) - Bellotti, Carlson, Phillips, Roberts
How to Cope with Ethical Dilemmas? (Can we justify minor ethical offenses to save animals?)
Running a Sanctuary (How to run a successful animal sanctuary) - McCrystal, McGreal, Stevens, Van Kleeck
Enforcing Protective Laws (Enforcement of laws that protect animals from abuse) - Bala, Couto, Ellison, Kerr
When Is Killing a Lesser Evil? (Are there occasions when we can justify killing?)
Banquet / Dinner (6:30pm)
Evening Plenary II (7:30pm-9:30pm) (Registrants who skipped the banquet are welcome to attend) - [m]Moncrief, Krajnc
Conference Report (Opportunity to thank our amazing staff) - Hershaft
Benefit Auction (Offering lovely premiums for donations to scholarship fund) - Velez-Mitchell
Awards Ceremony (Hall of Fame, Grassroots Activist, and Young Activist awards) - Hershaft, Meier, Rowe, Runkle
Networking Reception III (9:30pm-11:00pm)


Sunday, August 6
Meditation (7:30am-8:15am) - [m]Isaacson
Yoga training (7:30am-8:15am) - [m]Cressey
Snack (8:00am-8:45am)
Registration (8:00am-5:00pm)
Exhibits (10:00am-5:00pm)
Concurrent Workshops
Abuse of Animals in Entertainment (Abuse of animals in circuses, rodeos, zoos, aquariums) - LeBlanc, Peet, Phillips
Organizing Our Grassroots (Engaging local activists in national campaigns) - Camp, Hamilton, Joy
Power of Social Media 1 (Effective use of social media in vegan advocacy) - Rose, Velez-Mitchell
Engaging Young People (Effective ways of engaging young people in vegan advocacy) - Guinn, Price, Radish, Rowbotham
Winning for Animals in Latin America (Animal rights and vegan activism in Latin America) - Guimaraes, Ramirez, Tristan, Uribe
Abuse of Animals In The Wild (Abuse of wild horses, killing of wildlife by ranchers, hunting) - McGreal, Rivard, Sugalski
Raising Funds for Our Cause (Effective techniques for funding our work) - Bollaert, LeBlanc, Levine
Power of Social Media 2 (Effective use of social media in vegan advocacy) - Bartlett, Modi, Oberg
Engaging Children (Effective ways of engaging children in vegan advocacy) - Chiriboga, Hargreaves, Moore, Tuider
Winning for Animals Across the Globe (Building a global movement in Europe and beyond) - Joy, Joy, Leenaert, Shephard
Abuse of Our Environment (How animal agriculture devastates our air, water, animal habitats) - Bohanec, MacDonald, Marr
Power of Traditional Media (Effective use of print media in our work) - Budkie, Cantor, Hargreaves, Hershaft
Engaging Through Religion (Engaging various religious denominations in our work) - Cohan, Kaufman, Levinson, Turner
Winning for Animals in Australia (Animal rights and vegan activism in Australia) - Aspey, Hurst, McIntyre
Lunch (12:30pm-2:15pm)
Lunch with Gold Sponsors (1:30pm-2:15pm)
Concurrent Workshops
Human Abuse by Animal Agriculture (Abuse of land animals by animal agriculture) - Carrera, Melina, Moncrief
Power of Online Marketing (Use of online advertising to promote veganism) - Brown, Lindstrom, Marino
Engaging Institutions (Working with food processors, food services, cafeterias) - Bhumitra, Hiddema, Liptrot, Moss
Winning for Animals In India (Animal rights and vegan activism in India and Indonesia) - Ava, Henry, Weintraub
One Struggle Against All Oppression (What are effective ways of ending oppression) - Gorski, Hershaft, Kemmerer, Young
Assessing Our Impact (Selecting effective ways of conducting our work) - Adleberg, Caldwell, Grillo, Moncrief
Engaging Inclusively (How to be inclusive in our vegan advocacy) - Bey, Birdie, Carter, Rojas
Winning for Animals In China/Japan (Animal rights and vegan activism in China and Japan) - MacDonald, Sauerburger, Su
Closing Plenary (5:00pm-6:15pm) - [m]Baur
Closing Plenary - We're Winning! (Inspiring reports on our progress) - Runkle
Closing Ceremony
Dinner (6:00pm-7:00pm)
Celebration of Animal Rights (8:00pm-11:00pm) (All are welcome for entertainment, snacks, and music - registration not required!)