Steven Wise, J.D., is an American legal scholar who specializes in animal protection issues, primatology, and animal intelligence. He teaches animal rights law at Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, John Marshall Law School, Lewis & Clark Law School, and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a former president of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and founder and president of the Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights. The Yale Law Journal has called him “one of the pistons of the animal rights movement.”
Wise is the author of An American Trilogy (2009), in which he tells the story of how a piece of land in Tar Heel, North Carolina, was first the home of Native Americans until they were driven into near-extinction, then a slave plantation, and finally the site of factory hog farms and the world’s largest slaughterhouse. Though the Heavens May Fall (2005), recounts the 1772 trial in England of James Somersett, a black man rescued from a ship heading for the West Indies slave markets, which gave impetus to the movement to abolish slavery in Britain and the United States (see Somersett’s Case). Drawing the Line (2002), which describes the relative intelligence of animals and human beings. And Rattling the Cage (2000), in which he argues that certain basic legal rights should be extended to chimpanzees and bonobos.
Bernard Rollin, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor and a professor of philosophy, biomedical sciences and animal sciences at Colorado State University, where he has taught since 1976. He developed the world’s first courses in veterinary medical ethics, ethical issues in animal science, and biology combined with philosophy, which he not only teaches at Colorado State, but also has helped universities around the world develop similar programs.
Rollin’s scholarly interests include both traditional philosophy and applied philosophy. He has written more than 400 scientific articles and 14 books, including Natural and Conventional Meaning (1976), Animal Rights and Human Morality (1981, 1993 & 2006), The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change (1988 &1998), Farm Animal Welfare (1995), The Frankenstein Syndrome (1995), Science and Ethics (2006), and Putting the Horse Before Descartes (2011). He has edited a two volume The Experimental Animal in Biomedical Research (1989 & 1995). He is one of the leading scholars in animal rights and animal consciousness and has lectured over 1500 times all over the world. He is a principal author of the 1985 Animal Welfare Act and an international voice in animal-use ethics and has testified to Congress about animal welfare issues. He is a weight-lifter, horseman, and motorcyclist.
Dr. Justin Jampol is the Founder and Executive Director of The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Culver City, California and is Adjunct Professor of History at Claremont Graduate University. The Wende Museum holds the largest collections in the world of East European artifacts, artworks, and archives from the Cold War era.
Dr. Jampol’s work has been featured in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Humanities. He has produced three documentary films on the subject of the Cold War, as well as several urban art projects including The Wall Project, which received international attention and media coverage. Dr. Jampol earned his Doctoral degree in modern history from Oxford University where he was the recipient of a grant from the Carr and Stahl Fund and studied as an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles where he was recently inducted as a Notable Alumni.
Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D., is co-founder and executive director of Safe Humane Chicago, a campaign to end violence for children and companion animals by showing people how kindness and compassion toward animals lead to safer, more humane communities. The Safe Humane concept grew out of her work with D.A.W.G. (Dog Advisory Work Group), which she co-founded as a nonprofit in 2000 and then started a court advocacy program for court cases involving animal abuse, the first of its kind.
Safe Humane Chicago debuted in 2007. In 2008, Bathurst joined Best Friends Animal Society as national director of Project Safe Humane, designed to implement the successful SHC model in other cities. In 2009 the American Veterinary Medical Association awarded her their Humane Award, an award given to a non-veterinarian who has advanced animal well-being, shown exemplary dedication to the care of animals, and contributed to the community and society.
One of Bathurst’s latest innovative initiatives is “Lifetime Bonds”, a program that pairs shelter dogs with incarcerated teens. The teens and dogs both learn valuable social skills during the bonding process: the dogs become more adoptable and the at-risk children learn how to develop and maintain positive relationships. After the teens leave detention, they are invited to intern with the SHC Court Case Dog Program. This program works with dogs who are the victims of abuse, neglect or cruelty in court cases followed by court advocates. She has also served on numerous community policing, animal control/welfare and public safety programs, boards and task forces. She currently serves as president of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance and is an advisor to the National Canine Research Council.
The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD, is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Winchester, and Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In addition, he is the first Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana. Professor Linzey previously held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare — at Mansfield College, Oxford (1992-2000), and subsequently at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford (2000-2006). Prior to his focus on animal issues, he served in several professorial and directorial positions in theology at other universities in England as well as Israel.
Professor Linzey has written or edited 20 books and more than 100 articles. His work has been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese. He has lectured and broadcast extensively in Europe and the United States. In 1990, he was awarded the Peaceable Kingdom Medal for outstanding work in the field of theology and animals. In 2001, he was awarded a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his ‘unique and massive pioneering work at a scholarly level in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures’. This is the highest award that the Archbishop can bestow on a theologian and the first time it has been awarded for theological work on animals. In 2006, he was placed on The Independent’s ‘Good List’ of 50 people who have changed Britain ‘for the better’.
Writer Ken Foster’s compelling and tender accounts of disaster, rescue and the remarkable strength of human-animal relationships have earned him a following as passionate and loyal as the accounts which fill the pages of his books. Author of “The Dogs Who Found Me: What I’ve Learned from Pets Who Were Left Behind” and “Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found,” Ken writes from the unique perspective of someone who survived 9/11 in New York City… before moving to New Orleans with his dogs prior to Hurricane Katrina. As a reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle explained: “Foster’s style is blunt, funny and poignant. He smoothly melds the events of his turbulent life along with the gritty details of rescuing abandoned dogs into a piece that goes to the heart.”
Ken’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review and The Village Voice, and has received awards, such as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for a collection of short stories titled “The Kind I’m Likely to Get.” He has also been awarded fellowships to Yaddo, the Sewanee Writers Conference, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference. In addition to writing and rescue work (not to mention book tours and public speaking), Ken also teaches creative writing at Tulane University. His latest book comes out on October 16th: I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet.
Scott Stulen is an artist, programmer, writer, DJ, Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers and Project Director of mnartists.org at the Walker Art Center, an online art hub serving over 20,000 Midwest artists and 1500 arts organizations. Through mnartists.org he oversees coverage, support and programming for local and regional artists and has created and managed innovative and off-line programming including the first Internet Cat Video Festival (#catvidfest), Artist Designed Mini Golf, Community Supported Art (CSA), mnartists.org Field Trip, Drawing Club and is the co-curator of the Walker Art Center’s ongoing Open Field initiative.
Prior to joining the Walker, Scott was the Associate Curator and Curator of Education at the Rochester Art Center. He is the co-founder of SELLOUT gallery and has served on the board of The Soap Factory and TuckUnder Projects, both Minneapolis-based alternative art spaces. Scott is a frequent, and highly sought, guest lecturer in college and university art courses as well as national and international conferences on topics of professional development for artists, social media, public practice and arts entrepreneurship. He has recently presented at the SXSW Interactive conference (Austin), CultureTECH (Derry, Northern Ireland) and TEDx (Indianapolis). He is the recipient of numerous awards for his visual artwork, including the 2004 Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize, 2005 and 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants and 2008 Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections Grant. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a MFA in Painting and Drawing with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota.
Diana Reiss, Ph.D., is a cognitive psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is also an adjunct in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, a director of dolphin research at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and an elephant research associate at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in DC. She also serves as a scientific advisor of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has either co-founded and/or served as a director on the boards of several animal-related non-profits, including Misfits Animal Sanctuary, Act for Dolphins and Thinking Animals, Inc.. Some of her earlier roles included founder and director of the Marine Mammal Research Program at Marine World Africa USA in California and a marine sciences director at the New York Aquarium of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Dr. Reiss’ ground-breaking research into animal intelligence and communication, particularly dolphins, spans several decades and has been well-received in hundreds of scientific journals, newspaper features and television features around the globe. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including most recently: The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives. Dr. Reiss’ ability to bring both passion and out-of-the-box thinking to her research also led her to being one of the first research scientists in her field to openly advocate for animal welfare and conservation as important components of her work. Her early advocacy efforts led to the shift to dolphin-safe nets that are now standard in the tuna-fishing industry. More recently, she has been a strong voice against the dolphin-killing drive hunts in Japan. As an outgrowth of those efforts, she also served as the scientific advisor to the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove.
David Favre is The Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he has taught since 1976. Professor Favre has authored dozens of articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He was the creator of the Animal Legal & Historical Web Center, a comprehensive database for statutes, cases and other materials relating to animal law, remaining its Editor-in-Chief.
Prior to joining the Law College faculty in 1976, Professor Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia. He received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary in 1973.
Professor Favre was a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for over twenty years and is presently on the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law.
Joe Connelly is the Founder and Publisher of VegNews Magazine, the premier vegan lifestyle magazine in the U.S.. Four years after founding the Syracuse Area Vegetarian Education Society in 1996, Joe realized that the country needed a national publication to unify the vegetarian movement. Together with co-founder Colleen Holland, they launched VegNews Magazine in 2000 “with a whopping $3k in start-up funds.”
In less than a decade, Joe’s vision had become a staple in bookstores and home kitchens, as well as the benchmark for the cottage industry of vegetarian magazines that it inspired. Named one of the “Best 50 Magazines” by the Chicago Tribune (#18) and the country’s “Best Lifestyle Magazine” in 2008, 2009, and 2010, VegNews is read by more than 225,000 people in 38 countries. More than just recipes (although the recipes are delicious!), VegNews serves up the latest in meat-free news, health coverage, travel features, timely interviews, vegetarian city guides, new products, practical tips, politics, celebrity buzz and more. In addition to its flagship publication, the media company also produces the award-winning VegNews.com, along with a collection of popular e-newsletters, blogs, cookbooks, events, and vacations.
Joe was inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society Vegetarian Hall of Fame in 2009 and the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2012. He came to vegetarianism from a passion for environmental issues, a commitment Joe continues to demonstrate to-date by printing VegNews on 75% post-consumer, recycled paper.