The Annual Tom Regan Memorial Lecture celebrates the life and thought of the late philosopher and animal advocate Tom Regan and is happening on November 18th. The lecture, which is delivered by a leading scholar of animal rights, is delivered at a different university each year. This year, in collaboration with the Food Studies Initiative at University of San Diego, Syl Ko, philosopher and scholar of Black veganism and a CAF Advisory Board member, will discuss veganism and animal advocacy in the context of race, gender, and animality. Syl Ko studied philosophy at San Francisco State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the co-author (with Aph Ko) of Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters. She is an independent researcher known for bringing race to the forefront of the movement to end animal abuse. Her writing challenges species-centric terminology and dominant conceptions of veganism, encouraging brave and imaginative shifts in thinking that prioritize multispecies justice.
Syl Ko’s lecture will be responded to by Rev. Christopher Carter, Assistant Professor, Assistant Chair & Department Diversity Officer, Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, where his teaching and research focuses on philosophical and theological ethics, Black and Womanist theological ethics, environmental ethics, and animals and religion. He is the author of the forthcoming The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice (University of Illinois).
The lecture will take place on November 18th at 3:30pm EST. Register here.