For about 18 months now, we have been facilitating free presentations on the wide array of benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle, thanks to Marlene’s Market and Deli for providing the space, and to our guest speakers thus far – Paula Furner and Joanne Kong. Our goal is to provide our community with the information, tools, and resources to make the change to a vegan lifestyle. We recruit educated and informed individuals to deliver this invaluable information to you. Are you qualified to give presentations like this? Drop us a line if you’d like to partner up with us to help further our mission!
On Saturday, March 17th, we will be putting on our first presentation of 2018 at Marlene’s in Tacoma from 2 – 4 pm. This presentation will be given by Dr. Joanne Kong, professor of music at the University of Richmond, VA. She will address the critical impacts animal agriculture has upon the environment, our relationships to other living beings, and our health, and include discussion of a broad range of the most common questions and concerns related to veganism. You will learn about how adopting a green diet could be one of the most powerful decisions you ever make in your life, rekindling the center of kindness and compassion that resides within each and every one of us.
Dr. Joanne Kong has been praised throughout the country as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-based nutrition today, centered ethically in raising awareness that greater compassion for animals and our planet is vitally necessary for transformative growth and positive world change. Motivated to become vegetarian over 30 years ago upon learning of the atrocities of factory farming, her lectures promoting veganism have been described as “artfully crafted,” “a positive message about the way our daily choices can make the world a better place for others and for ourselves,” “making a difference and encouraging positive change to happen,” and “enlightening and provocative.” Some of Joanne’s presentations include appearances at the University of Washington, Rollins College, the Chrysalis Institute, Richmond Vegetarian Festival, Vegetarian Society of Richmond, the Waring School, New York University, Friends Not Food Festival, Virginia Commonwealth University, VegFest Colorado, Milwaukee Veg Expo, Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, Green Festival Expo in Washington, D. C., Peace Advocacy Network, Asheville VegFest, Spokane VegFest, College of William and Mary, Tufts University, MIT, University of Southern California, and Yale University. Her highly-praised TEDx talk on veganism is included in Unbound Project, “a multimedia and book project that celebrates the inspiring women who have been at the forefront of animal advocacy around the globe.” She was interviewed on the radio program Vegan Nation for Earth Day 2017, and was a guest speaker at National Animal Rights Day in Washington, D. C., last summer. In addition to her animal and environmental advocacy work, she is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning classical pianist, and will appear in the upcoming documentary Taking Note about vegan musicians. Later this year she will travel throughout India on a speaking tour with Tamara Mehta, to promote the benefits of veganism. Dr. Kong is currently a faculty member at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Her new book, titled If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan, will be available at this presentation.