A series of lectures across post-secondary campuses and high schools in the Greater Toronto Area

TVA’s educational speaker series titled “Food For Thought: The Ethics of Eating”, launched in March 2010. The speaker series, originally aiming to reach an audience of university and college students and now branching out to high school students, emphasizes the importance of students incorporating issues of animal ethics into their lives and their studies. Some of these talks are open to the general public and take place on post-secondary campuses; others are classroom-based and target different groups of students. The classroom based talks are not open to the public.

Below is a listing of upcoming and past talks that have occurred as part of the series.

May 31st to June 4th

Nimisha RCompassion Week at Cardinal Carter High School

TVA in conjunction with the student group SEEDs, presents a week-long series of events to teach students at Cardinal Carter about the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Monday, May 31st: Vegan chef Doug McNish will give a talk and bring samples of delicious vegan foods.

Tuesday, June 1st: Nimisha Raja of Evolving Appetites will speak about the environment and animal welfare.

Thursday, June 3rd: Liz Rice will present to students on animal welfare.

Friday, June 4th: Nimisha Raja will help students apply the lessons they learned earlier in the week by teaching them how to make everyday vegetarian meals.

Note: This event is not open to the general public.

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Nimisha RNimisha Raja at Father Michael McGiveney High School

Nimisha Raja www.evolvingappetities.com will be presenting to three classrooms (grade 9 and 12) of students about factory farming and the lives of animals used to create meat. Her presentations will be an important follow up to a school trip the classes are taking to a local dairy farm. Nimisha will educate students about the fact that 99% of animals raised for food do not come from farms like these, but in fact come from cruel factory farms.

Note: This event is not open to the general public.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

LizLiz Rice at Sir Robert Borden High School

Liz Rice of www.lizrice.ca will be presenting to a classroom of high school students during Earth Week. Her presentation will discuss how animals are used in our society, including farming practices for food as well as animal products such as leather.

Note: This event is not open to the general public.

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Doug McNish at George Brown College

DougDoug McNish is a graduate of George Brown’s culinary program, and is currently the head chef at Raw Aura. He recently won Montreal’s Iron Chef Competition (more info about that here: http://tinyurl.com/yg78a9a).

Doug will be speaking to a classroom of students from George Brown’s Culinary Management and Nutrition Program.

Note: This event is not open to the general public.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 7pm to 8pm

Ethical Veganism

David SDr. David Sztybel, Ph.D., a Fellow with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, is an animal ethics scholar. He has a forthcoming book on animal rights philosophy to be published by Macmillan. This book contains a foreword by philosopher Michael Allen Fox (author of the book Deep Vegetarianism), which states that Sztybel’s theory of best caring “Subsumes yet surpasses all other ethical views.” Dr. Sztybel, himself an ethical vegan, has a two-part essay on ethical veganism in the works, nineteen articles accepted for peer-reviewed publication, and has taught at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and Brock University. He lives in Toronto. For more information about Dr. Sztybel’s work, please see davidsztybel.info

Location: University of Toronto, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George St., Room SS5017B
Free admission and free vegan food! We encourage you to bring your own reusable dishware.

This event is co-sponsored by TUGS (The Toronto Undergraduate Geography Students Association).