Keynotes

Monday, March 30, 2015

Morning Keynote: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Protect and Defend: Animal Breeding and Water Quality
From massive hog farms in northwestern Oklahoma to poultry operations in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, non-sustainable animal breeding and growing operations are sending unneeded nutrients into our streams and lakes with disastrous effects on water quality and the cost of municipal water supplies.
Speaker: Drew Edmondson, attorney, Gable Gotwals. Edmondson served as the Oklahoma Attorney General from 1995 to 2011. 

Luncheon Keynote: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
Animals have rich inner lives, and scientific interest in animal feelings today is unprecedented. This dynamic presentation takes participants on an illustrated tour of some of the more remarkable discoveries being made, and the profound implications for the evolving relationship between humans and other animals.
Speaker: Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, Ethologist and Author, Department Chair for Animal Studies with Humane Society University

Afternoon Keynote: 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lions, Tigers, Bears and Cobras...Oh Why? 
When tigers, lions, bears, baboons, leopards, and wolves are turned loose on the quiet city of Zanesville, Ohio, or pythons have taken over the Everglades, who are you going to call? Tim Harrison and his organization, Outreach for Animals, responded to both of these incidents and predicted both of these disasters years before they happened. Tim Harrison will show us how these and similar wildlife disasters evolved and could have easily been prevented with common sense regulations and through proper education and teaching respect for our environment
Speaker: Tim Harrison, Public Safety Officer, featured in The Elephant in the Living Room 
 


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Morning Keynote: 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The Soul of All Living Creatures
When we look into a puppy’s eyes and feel their affection or tenderly stroke a horse’s mane as she nuzzles up next to us, we catch a glimpse of the kinship we share with all creatures. In this talk, Dr. Virga explores the nature and depth of our connection with animals. Tracing back to our earliest origins as humans, he explores traits we share with other species to reveal how understanding animals can make us better human beings.
Speaker: Vint Virga, DVM, DACVB, President of Veterinary Healing Arts and Author

Noon Keynote: 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m. 
The Journalist’s Eye: The New Era of Writing About Animals
The talk includes a discussion of how modern science has freed us up to tell newly inspired stories about non-human animals, stories that continually reveal in a myriad of ways the depth and complexity of our shared bonds with other animals.
Speakers: Journalists David Kirby (Death at Seaworld) and Charles Siebert (New York Times Magazine) with an introduction by Brianna Bailey