6 August 2019

Karen Davis at her desk

Talk by Dr. Karen Davis

Organized by VSDC + Lunch at DC Vegan@New Deal Cafe

The Veg Society of DC is pleased to organize an informative talk by Karen Davis, Founder and President of United Poultry Concerns, with lunch at DC Vegan@New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt MD.

Dr. Davis will speak on her new book, For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation. Organized as an anthology, this book features extraor­dinary writing, exemplary research, and heart-wrenching pathos. Dr. Davis is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished academic, and this effort runs the gamut, from an examination of “bestiality” in all its dimensions, to the essay, “The Mental Life of Chickens Observed through Their Social Relationships,” in which Dr. Davis shares her poignant observations of the chickens at her sanctuary. There will be time for Q&A.

This event will be held at the all-vegan DC Vegan@New Deal Cafe, in Greenbelt MD, which serves an accessible, plant-based, Italian-American menu that nurtures the environment, animals, and our health. They also have delicious vegan desserts. Also see DC Vegan Catering (Plenty of free parking is available in the lot just outside and around the shopping center - please read and follow all parking signs. The location is metro accessible with bus connections.)

Please have lunch at the cafe since they are kindly providing the space without additional charge. The food is “pay on your own” directly to the cafe; they accept major credit cards. Remember: VSDC members showing a valid membership card get a 10% discount on their food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases!

Arrive early - by 1130 am to get seated and order food. The intro and announcements will start just after 12 pm, followed by the talk, with time for Q&A and additional mingling until 2 pm.

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KAREN DAVIS, PhD, is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl. Founded in 1990, United Poultry Concerns addresses the treatment of domestic fowl in food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations.

Karen’s articles have appeared in a large number of publications, including the New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, “Dear Abby,” Egg Industry, Feedstuffs, USA Today, Encyclopedia Britannica and many others. Karen has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including The Howard Stern Show, The Daily Show, and Fox Television.

Karen has essays in Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations; Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals, and Encyclopedia of Animals and Humans.

Karen is the author of several books including A Home for Henny (a children’s book published by UPC); Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless “Poultry” Potpourri (a cookbook); Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry; More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality; The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities, and For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation.

Karen has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland-College Park where she taught for twelve years in the English Department.

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