Guest Speakers

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Gene Baur
, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, Gene has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. His book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, a national bestseller, is a thought-provoking investigation of the ethical questions surrounding beef, poultry, pork, milk, and egg production. It describes what each of us can do to promote compassion and help stop the systematic mistreatment of the billions of farm animals who are exploited for food in the United States every year.


Sherry F. Colb
is a professor of law at Cornell University, where she teaches a number of courses, including a seminar on animal rights. She authors biweekly columns on verdict.justia.com, quite a few of which examine animal rights themes, and has just published a book called Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger?: And Other Questions People Ask Vegans, available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Sherry and her husband both have been vegan for eight years, along with their two human children and three rescued dogs.





Susie Coston
Susie Coston
, Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, joined us in March 2000, following six years of working for a veterinarian and at a sanctuary in West Virginia. Before that, she earned a master’s degree in special education and worked with children with disabilities. As a farm animal caregiver for more than a decade, Susie has been a mentor to many of her peers — some of whom have started their own sanctuaries throughout the United States — and is known for bringing the animals’ stories of love, loss, and life to the public. She ensures that the hundreds of farm animals sheltered at Farm Sanctuary each year receive the best possible care at every stage of their lives.




Bruce Friedrich
, Farm Sanctuary’s senior policy director, oversees Farm Sanctuary’s work on legislation, litigation, policy, and the Compassionate Communities Campaign. Before joining Farm Sanctuary, Bruce worked for two years as a public school teacher in inner-city Baltimore (where he was his school’s “Teacher of the Year”), for six years at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Washington, D.C., and for 15 years at PETA, where he was vice president for policy. He is a popular speaker on issues of animal rights and effective advocacy, has appeared many times on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.



Derek Goodwin
is a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, a vinyasa style of yoga that emphasizes compassion toward all beings as the path to spiritual liberation. In the yoga world, Derek is known as “Pashupa,” which, in Sanskrit, means “protector of the animals.” He has been a vegan activist for more than 18 years. His photographs of Farm Sanctuary animals have been featured in Farm Sanctuary’s literature and outreach materials, and published internationally. He is the founder of the Vegan Bus Project and co-host of Vegan Radio. Derek is likely to be spotted at the Hoe Down playing ukulele and singing his anthem, “Big Ole Vegan Mountains.”




Amanda Hitt
is the director of Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign (FIC), which strives to enhance overall food security by facilitating truth-telling. Amanda works closely with partner organizations, clients, legislators, and the media to alter the balance of power between the food industry and consumers. She acts to protect the rights of those who speak out against the practices that compromise food integrity and empower whistleblowers and food activists. Amanda currently serves on the board of directors for the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute and is admitted to practice law in both Washington, D.C., and Maryland.




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Scott Jurek’s
competitive résumé includes victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events, including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the Miwok 100K, and — his signature race — the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times. Runner’s World ranked Scott as one of the “Greatest Runners of All Time,” Men’s Health listed him as one of the “100 Fittest Men of All Time,” and Ultrarunning magazine named him Ultrarunner of the Year three times. In 2010, he set a new U.S. all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles — 6.5 marathons in one day — for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week. Scott’s memoir Eat and Run became an instant New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 14 languages.



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Liz Marshall
is a director, producer, and an auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Her most current award-winning film, The Ghosts In Our Machine is a cross-platform theatrical and broadcast documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. This film will be screened at the Hoe Down this year!



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Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist and has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over 100 animal organizations, among them Farm Sanctuary, Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Jo-Anne is the featured human subject in The Ghosts In Our Machine, an award-winning documentary by Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall.





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Doron Petersan
, owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats in Washington D.C. and two-time winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, is determined to unlock the secrets of creating animal-free food for everyone to enjoy. Doron holds a degree in dietetics from the University of Maryland and strives to bring memories of her favorite treats to vegan reality. She has been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Not My Mama’s Meals with Bobby Deen, as well as NBC’s Today show with Kathy Lee and Hoda. Doron enjoyed a guest spot on 
Martha Stewart Living Radio, and her articles and recipes have appeared with Vegetarian Times and Reader’s Digest. Her first book, Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes, was released in February of 2012 and has since been listed as a best seller by The Denver Post. Residing in D.C. with her husband and son, Doron feverishly works to balance her love of food, family, companion animals, competitive cycling, and wine.



Miyoko Schinner
, vegan chef, cookbook author, and television cooking show host, has been promoting delicious, decadent, and healthful plant-based foods for the past 30 years. Her recent bestselling cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese, has been touted as “the holy grail of vegan cuisine” by Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and was voted one of the top five vegan cookbooks of 2012 by LA Weekly and top 10 by VegNews. Miyoko is co-host of Vegan Mashup, a national cooking show on Create network, and stars in her own whimsical online show, Miyoko’s Kitchen. As a speaker, she presents regularly at major festivals and events around the country and teaches in the McDougall Program.