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Messages from Educators, 2004 and 2005

Read the praise from educators all over the United States who invited Gary to speak in their classrooms and lecture halls

From: Prof. Alyssa Chen [U. of Michigan]
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 5:07 PM

Thanks for today's AMAZING lecture. Thank you for teaching my students more in one day than I've been able to teach them all semester. Also, thanks for restoring my faith in human beings.

From: Professor Jane Compson [Daytona Beach Community College]
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2005 11:25 AM

No, thank YOU for coming at such short notice. Yes, the students did seem receptive, and I'm looking forward to hearing their reactions next week. I know my friend Karen has gone back to being veggie as a result of the talk. I'm trying to veganize myself more and more, but I'm not quite there yet. But I'm working on it. Thanks again.

From: Professor Alex Cvejic [Queens College]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 5:00 PM

Thank you for once again delivering a wonderful, informative lecture. I think that it went really well and that you reached a bunch of them.

From: Professor Andrea Efthymiou [Queens College]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 3:05 PM

Thank you again for spending two days at Queens College informing our classes and the way we conceive of the world. I will definitely try Tofutti on my bagel this weekend. You really made me start thinking about a human's place in relation to animals, and I've been thinking about how this relationship influences the way we behave overall. While I have not made any formal plan of how exactly I will be changing my lifestyle, I will begin by making small changes. (You have no idea how much I love cheese! But I can't knock the other options until I try them.) I had a veggie burger today. It was good. I'll email you with any questions I might have, and I'll tell my students to do the same. It was great meeting you and thanks again.

From: Professor Bill Crain [City College-NY]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:03 AM

Thanks so much for coming to our class. The students were inspired.

From: Professor Brandon Judell [City College-NY]
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 6:55 PM

You were great again. Classes loved it.

From: Professor Maurice Hamington [U. of Southern Indiana]
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 5:41 PM

You were a wonderful speaker in my courses. If I weren't vegan already, I would have converted this week. You have given us much to discuss and reflect upon for the rest of the term. As far as I am concerned, you are always welcome in my classroom. You are doing very important work, and I am honored to have met you.

From: Professor Mario Lamberti [OCC-Highland Lakes]
Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 3:02 PM

Thank you for a wonderful presentation! It really opened my eyes and enhanced my motivation to attempt the change. I also received a lot of positive comments from my students afterward about the lecture, I think you reached many of them. I will continue to support your cause and will spread the word among my colleagues.

From: Professor Maria Hollendonner [U. of Akron]
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 3:10 PM

Thanks again for another moving presentation. Overall, I got the sense that people appreciated the discussion. I thought it interesting that you categorized your ethical position as an ethics of compassion. I wondered whether you were referring to the actual movement in ethics centered upon compassion, such as one finds in the recent work of Martha Nussbaum with respect to both animal rights and international justice. In her essay, "The Compassionate Response to Terror," she argues that an ethics of compassion is the best ethical theory, insofar as it is able to give a response to the "animal problem," in a way that no other ethical theory in the history of philosophy ever could. I think that there is a general misconception that animal rights activists are utilitarian in their ethical thinking. However, utilitarianism fails precisely in the way that you pointed out, namely that the "greatest happiness" might include the suffering of innocent creatures. I think the ethics of compassion does a better job of granting some privilege to our moral intuitions and emotions in the academic discussion of theoretical ethics. I find your vision of historical progress refreshing, and I applaud your effort to take responsibility for the realization of your vision. Unfortunately, the postmodern trend seems to be to deny responsibility and argue instead for an egoistic freedom.

P.S. Good news! One of my students just stopped by to tell me that he has decided to go vegan and also to spread the news to friends and fellow employees.

From: Professor John Burris [Rollins College in FL]
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 10:14 AM

That was a great class. The students all said they really wanted to go on with it. There were a lot of things I liked about that talk. The older guy who gave you a presentation critique is a pretty nice guy but he was completely out of line on that. The funky shit you have to put up with doing your job! You showed a lot of restraint in not trashing his ass. He grew up as a fundamentalist Christian though he is not one now. A few students have gone veg or are trying it also. I really liked that you made a few jokes and took a slightly more casual angle--perhaps just because you were tired. Although you have a serious subject, I think occasional relief and letting your guard down a bit will work very well for you in the modern classroom. Everything has gotten so much less formal.

From: Professor Julie Jacobs [Lake Tahoe Community College]
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2005 9:06 PM

You both were so wonderful! Thanks for traveling to Tahoe and speaking to my Race and Ethnic Relations class. I felt that the students were impressed with your talk and responsive to your presentation. I myself have been a partial veggie when it has been convenient. Now, after your talk, I'm vegan.

You really touched my life. And, I hope, the lives of my students. Excellent activism!

From: Professor Maria Hollendonner [U. of Akron]
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 1:33 PM

Thank you for your courage and commitment to the cause of non-suffering. As a vegan myself, I am thankful for the chance to see the best defense of veganism I have ever seen, heard or read anywhere.

From: Professor Steven Coons [Miramar College in SD]
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 7:33 PM

Your and Kate's presentation was awesome. I think the following faculty may be interested in having a presentation next time: Corrie Ort, Parvine Ghaffari, & Bill Puett. I'm sure there are others that may be interested.

From: Professor McKay Jenkins [U. of Delaware]
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 1:14 PM

Thanks again for your powerful talk this week. My students and I were equally transfixed, and I can tell you for sure that your words burned into some brains, permanently. I very much hope you will come back and talk again next year, this time to both my classes. You're a gifted, vivid, courageous speaker.

From: Professor Mike Weinberg [Grossmont College]
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 7:05 PM

I will say that you two are the most golden-voiced activists I've ever listened to. Your words and delivery keep the audience enthralled, and I learn something new every time I hear you speak. Keep up the great crusade!

From: Professor Nicole Pitts [OCC-Southfield]
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 7:21 PM

Thank YOU so much for coming to my class. You and your co-presenter affected everyone in a dramatic way, including me. I bought some Tofurky and the Tuno you suggested, and although I've not yet opened the Tuno can, I liked the Tofurkey and fooled my husband with it last night. He would not have known the difference if I'd not told him after he finished eating it! That was such a wonderful lesson for him about soy-based meat substitutes. A student told me about how he bought some soy milk for his family and didn't tell his kids about the change. They didn't notice at all. Interestingly, he DID notice the difference after he'd been drinking the soy milk for a few days and tried to return to 2%. Needless to say, it was not a pleasant revelation for him. You'll be happy to know that more than 60% of my students plan to change their eating habits because of your presentation. Both you and your co-presenter do excellent jobs presenting this valuable information, and I and my students thank you both for your time. I can't wait to have you come to my classes in the fall and winter, so if I don't hear from you, you can be sure you'll hear from me! Thanks a million.

From: Professor Marty Carcieri [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 3:47 PM

I appreciate your visit. Not only do I admire your commitment to your cause and the power of your arguments, but as I indicated, my wife and I were/are at a tipping point on this and we have already found that there are many tasty alternatives to meat at the store. We just hadn't seriously looked in a while. So whatever else happens, your visit had at least one concrete impact. I'm teaching American Political Thought again in the fall, so if you contact me in early August with the dates you'll be at UT, I'll incorporate you into the syllabus. Take care, and thanks again.

From: Professor Nathan Zook [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 1:59 PM

It was great to have you and Kate again. I don't know if you get up in the Wisconsin area, but I'll be teaching at University of Wisconsin—Rock County in Janesville, WI next year. If that's within your area, I'd love to have you both come speak to my classes there.

From: Professor Steven Varela [UTEP]
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2005 11:45 AM

Fall semester sounds great--just let me know. I may have other colleagues who might be interested in you presenting in their classes too. It was a pleasure!

From: Professor Alex Cvejic [Queens College]
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 12:05 PM

I just wanted to share a few brief excerpts from the [student] essays I am currently reading that address your lecture:

"I found myself sitting at the edge of my seat, wanting to know more and more. [Regarding the big red story] the feeling of sympathy overcame me. Including real life experiences in a presentation, such as this, again makes me want to learn more about the vegan way of life. After sitting through such an impressive presentation, I will think twice about what I consume and make an effort to change my daily diet."

"Gary and Kate had a great impact on me. I can never eat meat again."

"Lab-coats and men with dollar signs in their eyes have succeeded in desensitizing the public from the evil being inflicted, but people like Gary and Kate are avidly trying to remove the blinders that people have built up over the years. Armed with the facts, it is the general public's turn to resist the temptation of the taste of flesh and to revert to a diet from the ground."

"It is time that we turn to the many alternatives that we have which don't involve the torture of animals. It is time that we stop thinking just of ourselves and begin to think about the environment around us that is harmed due to factory farming and most of all, we must think of the millions of animals that are slaughtered, all just to fulfill our appetites for flesh."

From: Professor Bill Crain [City College-NY]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 9:33 AM

Many thanks to you for the outstanding presentation you and Kate gave.

From: Professor Richard Kaye [Hunter-CUNY]
Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2005 3:33 PM

Thanks so much to you and Kate for your splendid presentations. You both were great together and the students thought you were wonderfully provocative. I appreciated your talking to some of them long after the class ended. We also spent the next class talking about your talk, so it went on and on. I will certainly be thinking of you for future classes.

From: Professor Priscilla Sakezles [University of Akron]
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2005 2:31 PM

You two did a fantastic job, I'll have you back to do every class I teach as far as your schedule permits. I read all the students' essays on your talk, and you opened a lot of eyes and minds. I couldn't even keep count of the kids who said they never knew the animals they eat were treated like that, and they would seriously consider going veg. So keep up the good work, people have to change one by one. On a personal note, I was picking up cat food today and couldn't resist adopting another cat (#4 for me). She was rescued from the pound just before euthanasia time. I know your talk contributed to my decision.

From: Professor Elizabeth Wilson [Miami-Ohio]
Sent: Saturday, February 19, 2005 11:02 AM

It was so nice of you to come see my class again. I appreciate your time and passion. We had a good discussion about the lecture the next class period, and you opened many people's eyes, and while it was uncomfortable for them, they explained it was beneficial and they were glad to be aware.

From: Professor David Zartman [Ohio State U.]
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 10:05 AM

The classes were more attentive yesterday. I also saw you as more academic in your presentation, stirring reasoned contemplation rather than raw emotion in the students. I have not spoken to Dr. Boyles yet today to learn his plans for the spring and summer quarters. I do invite you and Kate to return to my class this fall. We are restructuring the class to serve more students and to ease the life of our guest lecturers, weary from doing lectures twice for the two sections of the course. We will have three sections this fall with 60 students in each section for 180 total students. They will all meet in mass on Tuesdays and the three sections will meet separately on Thursdays. Guest lecturers will be asked to come on Tuesday and thus do only one presentation. Therefore, will you please identify a Tuesday in late October or early November when you can come?

From: Professor Jane Compson [UCF/Daytona Beach Community/Seminole Comm.]
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 12:01 AM

Thursday's lecture was GREAT. I've already had lots of messages from students who have decided to give up meat or who went home and emptied out all the milk in their fridges!! What has amazed me more than anything is that my parents were seriously talking about trying to be vegetarian—perhaps even vegan—and have decided to give up eating meat for lent and to see how it goes. I can't even begin to tell you what a shock that is—I would never have seen it coming. So that is a real testament to the job that you and Kate did!! More later, but thanks so much!! I hope you get a few days rest now! You guys were great.

From: Professor Leslie Paul Thiele [U. of Florida]
Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 4:56 PM

Thanks for coming. You both were great. The students responded very favorably, though clearly your message shakes their world.

From: Professor Michael Strawser [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 10:18 PM

Thank YOU for the lecture. I really liked the changes and thought that the Big Red story worked very well--it provided a moment of peaceful calm amidst a storm of suffering. I also had positive discussions with three students after class. I'm scheduled to teach Intro again in summer A and would be happy to have you back.

From: Professor Ronnie Hawkins [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 7:02 PM

Thanks AGAIN to you two for getting the message out--your talks seem to be getting better and better! Do keep in touch for next semester.

From: Professor Andrew Domzalski [Madonna University in MI]
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 12:05 PM

It was a pleasure to have you in our class. Your presentation was highly informative and delivered in an engaging manner. I hope you will be able to visit us again.

From: Professor Sherry Wynn [Oakland University in MI]
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 7:44 PM

Thank you for coming and sharing your passion with us. I will have students post their assessment of your lecture by next Monday.

Messages from Educators, 2004

From: Professor Mary Lyn Stoll [Muskingum College in OH]
Sent: Saturday, December 18, 2004 5:43 PM

Thanks again so much for your talk. I had at least a half dozen students who claimed that they were going to become vegan or at least vegetarian and who had been successful for at least the last couple of weeks since your talk.

From: Professor Manuel Velasquez [Santa Clara U.]
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 5:23 PM

I'm sorry I did not get back to you earlier. The students by and large liked Kate's presentation this Fall, although, as you know, they were somewhat polarized in their views: they seem either to have hated the presentation (about a third of the students) or to have very much liked it (the others), and very little in between. Kate was convincing enough that five of my students (out of about 30) told me afterwards that they had decided to become vegetarians. There may have been others who did not see me. Please let me know if you will be in California before March 11, as I would very much like to have you speak to my business ethics class again.

From: Professor John Simecek [Oakland U. in M]
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 12:32 PM

Many [of my students] are beginning to come out of the woodwork, "admitting" that they've been "pretty much" vegetarian thanks to you, Kate, and me.

From: Professor Todd Lekan [Muskingum College in OH]
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 1:38 PM

I'm just beginning to look over the written responses to your talk. I'll send some your way as soon as I get a chance (I'm swamped with grading right now). Suffice to say, you made an impact--the written comments are very encouraging.

From: Professor William FitzPatrick [Virginia Tech]
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 11:00 AM

I want to thank you again for the stimulating and passionate presentation you and Kate made to my class last week. There was a lot of very well-presented, useful information, and I know it succeeded in both engaging and challenging the students. I found the discussion of whether homo sapiens are natural omnivores or not particularly interesting (not that it establishes anything one way or the other about the ethics of eating meat, but it's useful at least in combating the old argument that it's unnatural for us *not* to eat meat and therefore unreasonable to expect that of us). On the whole, you make a very good case for veganism. In terms of focus, I thought the presentation was very good as a device for advocacy: if you want to convince people to become vegan, then use all the different arguments that might support that decision--from ethical arguments to considerations of health to the 'yuk factor' involving milk pus and hen periods.

From: Professor Grace Anne Flisser [Community College of Philadelphia]
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 5:39 PM

First, I have been horribly remiss in not being in contact with you to thank you for your presentation. You totally hooked the students, who brought up the issues for several weeks after your talk, and I know that some of them followed up in contacting you or moving towards vegetarianism. I was delighted that they were so thoroughly engaged, and that, more important, they became informed about the issues. So thanks so much. Thank you again for the good energy—and I wish you a good holiday.

From: Professor Brad Kelley [Virginia Tech]
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 1:33 PM

We had a tremendous discussion on Wednesday (after your Monday lecture). I was really impressed with many of the students' ability to sort out and analyze the issues. I teach them to look at all moral issues as involving the weighing of complex evidence on both sides. Your presentation was clear -- 1) environmental, 2) human health, and 3) concerns intrinsic to animals, a) life, and b) pain and suffering. Once we get this model, it becomes clearer how the various things you offered us "fit." I look forward to having you next semester. Thanks again.

From: Professor Jane Henning [U. of San Diego]
Sent: Saturday, November 20, 2004 12:53 PM

My students really enjoyed your presentation and continued to talk about it after class. It certainly made an impression on the class. Our next class, which is the last class of the semester, we will begin by further discussing student reactions to your lecture. I hope that USD's law school decides to offer an Animal Law class next year. If I am chosen to teach it, I would certainly like to have both of you return and give the presentation again. Thanks so much for coming to USD and offering the students many things to think about how they conduct their daily lives.

From: Teacher Gary Handley [The Meadows H.S. in Vegas]
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 5:15 PM

As a teacher at The Meadows School, thanks for your visit. I enjoyed your remarks.

From: Professor Mike Becker [Fresno St.]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 11:00 AM

An excellent talk. I could tell how affected many of my students were. Peace and thank you for keeping up the struggle for the voiceless.

From: Professor Claudia McIsaac [Santa Clara U.]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 1:38 PM

Thank you so much for the fascinating and deeply moving presentation. Several students have e-mailed that they enjoyed it and one mentioned she is probably going to become a vegan. I'll see my class tomorrow for the first time since the talk and we'll spend a lot of time discussing it, so I'll let you know the larger whole group comments later. Again, I so appreciate the time you and Kate took coming to Santa Clara.

From: Professor Mike Weinberg [Grossmont College in CA]
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 4:47 PM

You continue to astound with your cogent, informative, and passionate lectures on behalf of animals! Your presentations just keep getting better and better. I especially appreciate your insistence that, besides the tremendous health and environment benefits, the most powerful and only necessary reason to embrace veganism is ethical--it's simply the right thing to do. Most humans abhor killing for pleasure. Your talks work wonders in convincing people that having animals suffer and die for human pleasure is morally bankrupt--it's just common sense not to kill if you don't have to. Keep up the great work!

From: Professor Mark Somma [Fresno St.]
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 2:33 PM

Your speech was GREAT, GREAT! Better than ever. We had standing room only, students sitting on the floor, standing in the doorway, every chair filled, lots and lots of questions. We adjourned at 9:30 after starting at 7:00, but we could have stayed until midnight. So many students stayed to ask questions and talk.

From: Professor Arvilla Taylor [Midwestern State U. in TX]
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 12:52 PM

I think your lectures were quite successful. I found positive feedback from most of the students, and the few who objected are busily trying to defend themselves, especially concerning the brutality toward the animal world.

From: Professor David Zartman [Ohio State U.]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2004 1:33 PM

I want to tell you that you and Kate made a powerful team presentation here in Columbus. She has added a certain quality to your subject that the students appreciated. Her calmness and presentation excellence matched with your speaking skill and passion result in a compelling message. The students complemented your presentation skills as a team. Your visit will be the talk-piece of the student community for a long time. Students are already registering and joining a very long wait-list for the winter quarter, anticipating the energy of your expected visit. I look forward to seeing you and Kate in the winter.

From: Professor Elizabeth Wilson [Miami-Ohio]
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 11:08 AM

Thank you again for taking the time to come to my class and share this very powerful speech. I liked what Kate brought to the speech, and it was interesting to see a double presentation. I look forward to seeing you again soon! Travel safe on your road trip!

From: Brandee Matthews [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 12:30 PM

Dr. Presser and Dr. Cable said that you were wonderful speakers in their classes. I was hoping that you could speak to my Introductory Sociology class sometime in November. I teach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:15 until 12:05. Do you think that might be possible?

From: Professor Carrie Shea [Wayne State U.]
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 9:17 AM

No need to thank me, I believe in the message, and think everyone needs to hear it and make a change in their lifestyles for the sake of these animals. I can't thank you two enough for bringing the message to us. I hope that PETA truly recognizes your value, and it seems that with the new video, they do! The speech was great, I like the changes. I just wish you could talk for 3 hours about all the injustices and inhumanity out there, but with time constraints, I know you cannot do that.

From: Professor Elysa Koppelman [Oakland U. in MI]
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 11:35 AM

It was wonderful—what a great speech. The students were captivated. We are going to talk about the talk today (they had a midterm on Thursday). And then they are going to write for extra credit a short response paper. I will forward some highlights from those papers—as soon as I get them. Next semester I have two sections of introduction to ethics—both on Tues/Thurs—that I would like to invite you to.

From: Professor Lewis Moyse [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 6:31 PM

My students enjoyed you and Kate, and had some observations, namely that you two were too "evangelical." A couple said they thought the point was to make them feel bad for eating meat(real wisdom there) and a couple thought you guys were making yourselves out to be morally superior to non-vegans. I told them you may well be. What they most enjoyed was Kate's section about 'chicken periods' et. al. You guys were favorably received and your passion for your cause is obvious and obviously genuine. I'd have you in again.

From: Professor Michael Strawser [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 4:33 PM

Thanks again to you and Kate for coming and speaking in my classes. I had one of my classes evaluate the lecture. They were asked to respond anonymously to the statement "The guest lecture was a valuable educational experience" with one of the following numbers and then provide comments: 5=strongly agree; 4=agree; 3=neutral; 2=disagree; 1=strongly disagree. The 9:30 class responded as follows: 20 strongly agreed, 12 agreed, 6 neutral, 3 disagreed, and 2 strongly disagreed. This means that in the 9:30 class 74% of the students viewed the lecture positively, and only 12% negatively.

From: Professor Spike Peterson [U. of Arizona]
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 3:21 PM

This is Talianna Kattan, I was in 2 of your classes 3 semesters ago. I wanted to ask if you knew the name of a movie that we viewed in your class? The movie was about animal cruelty. It had scenes of a slaughterhouse where the cows throat was cut while hanging upside down, and scenes of chickens getting their heads cut off. A speaker from PETA was there the same day. SPIKE'S RESPONSE: I don't recall the name of the video but it was presented by Gary Yourofsky as part of his very effective presentation protesting the abuse of animals.

From: Professor Lois Presser [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 10:02 AM

I think you guys are great. I'm on Day 3 of veganism as a direct result of your presentation. My TA, who was in the room, has given up meat-eating. I thought it was good that you presented the vegan/animal rights movement as non-partisan. I liked the order of the presentation. The video was great. Adrien, one of my students, was VERY moved by the facts you delivered about violence toward animals, and the analogy of their situation to a holocaust. Many thanks for what you do.

From: Professor Nathan Zook [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 12:59 AM

Thanks so much for your presentation. I'd be delighted to have you back in 2005.

From: Professor John Nolt [U. of Tennessee-Knoxville]
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 3:52 PM

Thanks for coming to the class and for the work you do. There was a lot of information in the presentation and both of you were very good at delivering it. I think the class was generally sympathetic to your cause. The video was moving and powerful.

From: Professor Mark Lanier [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 7:25 AM

Thanks again for enlightening my students. I really liked the new speech but still think you need some personal stories, reasons and examples from your life. I know Kate does not have the same colorful radical background as you do, but she could serve a "balance" and a "normal" example of how it is done. In the past my students liked the exposure to a radical liberator. The new clean speech could be given by any professor. It was still excellent and you are both terrific speakers and wonderful people. Here are 15 comments from some of my students:

Denise Speer: "I enjoyed listening to the presentation and thought it was very informative. I am a cancer patient, so I was very interested in another way to stay healthy. After listening to this presentation, I'm seriously thinking of cutting out meat, milk and other things out of my diet to stay healthy. I'm glad I heard everything they had to say and they did a wonderful job of speaking."

Steve Bautista: "I never knew about the cruel treatment of animals in the meat/dairy industry. I took time out and went to the Meet Your Meat website and was disgusted by the inhumane treatment of these farm animals. The figures they gave about the deaths and diseases were eye opening. I think the PETA organization should do more to get the message out. I believe if more of the population knew these facts and figures, things would change."

Damaris Hopkins: "I thought the presentation was awesome. It was very insightful, informative and interesting. The video of animals being butchered brought tears to my eyes. I like how they also injected humor into their presentation to lighten it up a bit. I had no idea that animals were treated that cruelly so the presentation really opened my eyes and I think it is horrible what is done to animals just so we can eat meat. I also thought it was disturbing to find that there is pus in my milk. All in all, I loved the presentation and since class on Thursday morning (9/30) when I had my last meat meal at McDonald's, I have not eaten anything made from meat, eggs or dairy products."

Kiersten Plummer: "I thought the presentation was informative. As soon as I got home I told all my friends the percentage of pus in their milk and as a result my roommate and I are going to stop drinking milk and eating meat. We aren't going to quit cold turkey but we are going to buy some Boca burgers this weekend."

Corinne Kay: "I learned a lot about how many animals are killed for our food and the conditions they have to live in and endure. It certainly made me think about what I eat."

Keith Loben: "They have factual information about animal rights or the lack thereof. I found the information about free range animals and humans being herbivores to be most interesting."

Jim Basile: "Their in depth knowledge of the subject matter was fantastic. It would be nice if other speakers could be as well versed as they are."

Stefanie Nation: "It was nice to see that they had eaten meat almost all of their lives and converted to veganism. That proves that it can be done. I felt the presentation was effective."

Melissa Arias: "The presentation definitely messed up my appetite. I keep seeing images of the chicks being dumped down the funnel to be grinded. The video was very effective. The images are constantly haunting me during meal time. The presenters gave a wonderful, influential presentation that had great organization. The presentation did decrease the amount of meat I eat. I am motivated to eat more earth-friendly foods such as grains, tofu and vegetables. Soy milk is now replacing my skim milk."

Renee Clayton: "I really liked the presentation. Some of the best parts were the comments about how eggs are basically a hen's period and that once a year we use a turkey's butt as a pressure cooker for stuffing. They really made me think about what I was eating. Also, a fact that grossed me out was the pus count in milk. I will never look at milk the same again. "

Kelly Hansen: "I thought the presentation was great. It makes me think every time I look at animal products. I am attempting to become a vegetarian. The presentation brought up so many good points such as health reasons, cruelty reasons and biological reasons. I find it remarkable that both speakers have devoted so much to this cause. That more than anything else is making me reconsider animal products. I brought seven friends to hear them speak and two of them have already decided to become vegan. They should keep up the good work. Everyone will see their passion for this cause and hopefully join."

Jonathon Nieves: "Filled with statistics and examples, they made a clear case for people to consider going vegan. They did make me rethink my eating habits. Health-wise it is a good move."

David Rida: "I brought two friends to the presentation and both were equally disturbed with the video. Both were also impressed with the information, stats and facts of the presentation. I am sure Kate and Gary had given the speech countless times but they still acted like it mattered to them and it came off that way in their presentation. Neither of my two friends has touched meat or milk since the presentation so I guess they did a good job."

Brian Rulise: "I think they both did an awesome job. I did not enjoy the presentation but only because of the topic ... watching animals being abused is not my cup of tea. I will try to eat less meat and I do thank them for informing me."

Angela Gerard: "After sitting through Gary and Kate's presentation on the vegan lifestyle, I have really stopped to think about just what my family and I are consuming. In fact, I haven't had a drop of milk since I went onto the website. They brought many interesting facts to my attention and proof enough that humans are not meant to eat meat—we are not carnivores. They provided us with additional sources that enabled me to seek answers to the questions I had. I was shocked to find out just how many celebrities follow the vegans!"

From: Professor Catherine Meyer [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 9:49 AM

It was a pleasure to have you in my classes. I enjoyed very much the new changes you made to the speech. The nutrition part is excellent as well and the dynamic of both presenters—one male and one female—is perfect. Kate is wonderful and you are too. Thank you for coming and remind us of how violent we are as a society and it is time for us to realize it.

From: Professor Steve Ethridge [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Saturday, October 02, 2004 11:38 AM

I thought the new speech, condensed but interactive, was a nice shift. I remarked to Kate how the addition of a song to the video had more emotional impact, but I also thought that your original voice-over technique was more informative regarding the treatment of the animals and the industry intent behind it. Either message had its own way of reaching the audience. Thanks again for providing some material for my writing classes, but also your message concerning rights and human decency.

From: Professor Mary Summers [U. of Penn]
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 11:09 AM

You and Kate are talented speakers and clearly gave our students a well-crafted exposition of an animal rights perspective. We are glad that you not only gave our students exposure to the ideas and arguments of a passionate political movement, but also sparked debate and discussion that will undoubtedly continue on campus for some time to come.

From: Professor Alex Cvejic [Queens College]
Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 4:37 PM

I hope that this note finds you in good spirits as you travel the country doing this most important work of raising people from the mire of ignorance! The lecture was extremely informative and well delivered. We were all very engaged and I think that the students were very receptive. Some of their written responses to the readings and the lecture revealed profound disgust with the practices of corporate farms. One student affirmed that she is going vegan and several others suggested that it would not be easy for them to eat meat again. In short, there did not appear to be any resistance to the information, but mostly anger directed at the institutions that allow such treatment of fellow beings. And while we were doing some peer reviews of responses that my composition class wrote, a few of my students were profoundly affected by the lecture and the readings. One, who was not a vegetarian, stated in response to someone else's paper, that it is not an acceptable solution to give the animals more room because they still face torture and death. Regarding your question about the new speech: I did not notice what was cut out (except for some video footage, it seems the content is the same, perhaps condensed), but I did notice some things that were added, reflecting your awareness of new studies (I am thinking particularly of the Alzheimer's issue and other health issues). The video segment was shorter, well done and of course moving. I thought the music that was added was a nice touch. I wish you both the best with the rest of the vegan tour and may you continue to enlighten minds throughout this troubled nation!

From: Professor Brandon Judell [City College-NY]
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 9:55 PM

Your speech moved many in my class. Here is one comment I received from one of my students: "All meat-consuming people have the blood of thousands of animals on their hands; they are nothing more than—according to our two esteemed speakers—walking animal graveyards. The speakers were not as zealous as I had anticipated, which was good. They spoke reasonably and used different types of logic to appeal to everyone in the audience. One of the things that I thought was interesting was how they kept arguing how animals have feelings and so people should become vegans to spare the animals the pain. They gave an interesting presentation and used interesting terminology (i.e. eggs are a hen's period). While they have not convinced me to give up the life of a brutish meat-consuming animal for the sake of the poor animals' feelings, I am making the switch simply because I want to lead a healthier life."

From: Professor Peter Crabb [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 1:22 PM

Thanks so much for your talk in my Applied Social Psychology class on Wednesday. Overall, the response was favorable. You made 2 converts to veganism, out of 22 students! The information and organization were excellent. So was the video clip.

From: Professor Chuck Edwards [Penn State-University Park]
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 4:08 PM

Actually, I should thank you. I appreciate your passion and professionalism.

From: Professor Bill Crain [City College-NY]
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:50 PM

You two are a great inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many, many people.

From: Professor Gregg Morris [Hunter-CUNY]
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2004 12:17 PM

Remember those four difficult students from my class in the spring semester? I truly believe you got to them no matter how wacky they were. I based that on subsequent comments and interactions with them well after the class ended. I really believe that you and Kate plant seeds that take root in ways that eases knowledge into their consciousness and sub-consciousness, and subverts their cantankerousness. Your presentation is always awesome and you accomplish much even with the most irascible of the students. I mean, how many guest lecturers come to a class and provide students with knowledge and information that can save their lives and the lives of their families and friends? Look forward to seeing you in the fall. And thanks for everything.

From: Professor Mark Lanier [UCF]
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2004 7:41 AM

I just wanted to thank the two of you once again for coming to UCF and lecturing to my classes. You are always the highlight of the semester for my students.

From: Professor Carrie Sewell [Virginia Tech]
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2004 5:25 PM

Thank you so much for coming to speak in our classes—your and Kate's presentation was a great supplement to class discussions. I sincerely believe that they are more prepared to make informed ethical choices having attended your presentation.

From: Teacher Cyndi Williams [Mt. Horeb H.S. in WI]
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2004 6:13 PM

Thank you once again for your wonderful presentation. It is very apparent that you are dedicated to and well-educated about your beliefs. The students found your lesson thought- provoking. Many reacted negatively, but others did see the possibility of many of the points you made. I believe you have enlightened them and even though they may continue to consume meat, they will now have a much better perspective of what may actually be going on. You are making a difference! I look forward to hearing from you next year. Thanks again!

From: Professor Stephen Boyles [Ohio State U.]
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 6:38 AM

Thanks so much for your presentation. Kate did a very fine job as well. I was wondering if you could do a repeat performance this summer. How does July the 27th work in you schedule? Thanks again for your presentation this spring.

From: Professor Brandon Judell [City College in NY]
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 4:22 PM

Both your presentations were terrific. I already have another professor who wants you for the fall, Kalindi Handler.

From: Professor Frank Perez [UTEP]
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 12:08 PM

Just thought I'd let you know that my students enjoyed your presentations. Most had only positive things to say and enjoyed having you in class. You are more than welcome to return to my classes after my research project is over in spring '05. Hope you are doing well and that you'll visit again.

From: Professor Tom Ruggiero [UTEP]
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 4:00 PM

Always a pleasure to have you visit our campus and "enlighten" the students about animal rights. It is always gratifying when I hear several of the students say they are disgusted at the thought of eating animal flesh after your presentation. Keep up the good work and thank Kate for a great presentation!!! See you next fall, Tom

From: Professor Sandra Dwyer [Georgia State]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:25 PM

Dear Kate and Gary, forgive me for taking so long to write to you. I want to thank you both for coming to talk to my classes last week. You definitely stirred them up. You have worked up a very impressive lecture. In particular, I liked the way you organized your reasons in to moral arguments, health and physiological arguments, and environmental concerns. Thanks again and good luck in your endeavors.

From: Professor Ben Gorman [Montgomery County Comm. Co. in PA]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:24 PM

Thank you for speaking again. I think that you had an impact on each of the students. I look forward to having you speak again in the fall.

From: Professor Hugh Gusterson [Georgia Tech]
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 11:56 PM

Thanks very much again for coming through at such short notice and for giving such a polished and provocative talk.

From: Professor Hans Klein [Georgia Tech]
Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 12:37 AM

Many thanks to you and to Kate for taking the time and expense of coming to Georgia Tech and giving a very fine guest lecture. You touched on many of the themes in the class, and we had a lively discussion about the issues in a later class. Here is a [recommendation] that you are free to distribute as you wish: "I invited Gary Yourofsky and Kate Timko to lecture in my Georgia Tech philosophy class, "Science, Technology and Human Values", and they gave a lively and thought-provoking presentation. I wanted students to be exposed to the idea of right, not as something that already exists in practice and that may be considered natural or self-evident, but as something that is created through advocacy and that requires evaluation and justification. Their presentation did just that. They employed a fascinating array of arguments based on pragmatism, appeals to rational self-interest, scientistic claims about nature and human physiology, emotional provocation through language and multimedia documentation, and classical arguments about rights and categorical imperatives. The subsequent discussion sessions were among the liveliest of the semester. I enthusiastically recommend their lecture to anyone teaching philosophy, politics, sociology, or any class dealing with ethics, values, or policy."

From: Professor Jeffrey Moriarty [Cal State-Long Beach]
Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2004 12:07 PM

I enjoyed your talk. Best of luck with your other lectures this fall. The energy you and Kate have is impressive!

From: Professor Valerie Santos [Cal State-Long Beach]
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2004 6:53 PM

Kate and you did a good job. I have an email from a student requesting vegan recipes and help locating vegan food at Trader Joe's. She thanks us all for enlightening her. Another student who missed the lecture is emailing you regarding a copy of the lecture; she needs it for the midterm. I am teaching at the University of San Diego this spring as well. Thank you again for your work.

From: Professor Mike Weinberg [Grossmont College in CA]
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004 4:10 AM

I praise you both for the impact you are having on campuses throughout the nation! As we supped at the [veg restaurant] on the evening before your presentation, I had visions of meals taken by prominent folks in earlier historical social movements. Thanks for your dedication to the cause!

From: Professor Gordon Brown [Grossmont College in CA]
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 11:13 PM

I'm still buzzing, still on a high from the presentation you gave at Grossmont College on March 31st! This was the third one from Gary at this college, and the first to be co-presented by Kate. The first two drew about 25 and 70 students respectively, and this time we got 130, with standing-room-only for about a dozen. Better still, we attracted about ten people from faculty, a sharp improvement over the two that we got last December besides Mike and me.

I was so impressed, and so proud once again, to hear you speak. Kate is every bit as superb a monologist and public speaker as Gary is. She makes even more persuasive the passages that reveal the historical confluences of the human feminist and animal-rights movements, and her presence should alert women everywhere to the abuse of female animals as “breeding machines” for the production of food, furs and leather.

I continue to be impressed by how you have constantly revised and “fine-tuned” your presentation while keeping it substantially the same, and “on topic.” Two friends of mine, who are vegans of long standing and who came to hear you speak for the first time, were effusive in their praise for both of you. My friend Mitch exclaimed, “These are exactly the kinds of speakers that we need to reach younger audiences. As great a human being as John Robbins is, I doubt that he could connect with an audience like this one.” My thoughts exactly.

I wish that I could arrange several of your presentations in a single semester, and have a different group of 130 or so showing up each time. I can't wait until the two of you come back for the fall semester. Keep up the great fight, and don't ever let your enemies grind you down!

From: Professor John A. Berteaux [San Diego State U.]
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 9:38 PM

Hi Gary and Kate. I wanted you to know that the students really enjoyed the classes. It led to a lot of heated debate today. Plus there are always the students who say that they just went out and bought a quart of milk that they won't drink now. Anyway wonderful job. Your talks really set up the Animal Rights part of the course. Thanks again.

From: Professor Kristina Hancock [Cal Western Law]
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 4:25 PM

Thank YOU so much for coming to speak to my students at Cal Western Law! It was the perfect speech to end our semester. I very much look forward to having you speak to my classes in the future. It's such a pleasure for me meeting all the wonderful and colorful "soldiers" in this little army of people working to make things better for the animals. Till we meet again.

From: Professor Mark Somma [Fresno St.]
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 11:45 AM

As always, I enjoyed your talk and Kate's collaboration with you. I'm already looking forward to your next visit.

From: Professor Ronnie Hawkins [University of Central Florida]
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 11:46 AM

So sorry I haven't gotten back to you in so long! But I really want to thank you for your presentations in my classes, and to report that you made quite an impression on some of my students. Several of them have told me that they have become vegans as a result of hearing you talk, and some have gone on to other animal-related activities. Please do let me know when you will be coming back to do some classroom speaking again.

From: Professor Linda Schott [Eastern Michigan U.]
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 10:40 AM

You and Kate really live up to your billing as fantastic speakers. Thanks for joining us.

From: Professor Mike Whitty [University of Detroit-Mercy]
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 7:02 PM

It was a rare moment for our students! Thank you for again coming to my classes.

From: Professor Carole Bennett [Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge Campus]
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 9:02 PM

Thank you again for coming and talking to our small group. I look forward to talking to you at the end of August. Please thank Kate too. It was wonderful to have her voice included.

From: Professor Carrie Shea [Wayne State University]
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2004 12:23 PM

Indeed, I should be thanking you. I'll be visiting many a website today to learn of more healthy and vegan alternatives. I really should have known better (blinders be damned!!!). My point is thank you, thank you so much. Your talk has enlightened me and made me a far better person morally, and I am so grateful. You are honest, empathetic, consistent (hey, I'm a philosophy prof, had to throw that one in there), moving, passionate, and a true, real person.

From: Professor Elysa Koppelman [Oakland University]
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 11:28 AM

I was so impressed with your speech that I would definitely invite you back to future classes--including this summer. It was a pleasure to meet both of you. When I get their extra credit assignments back I will share some of their thoughts with you.

From: Professor John R.Volk [New Jersey City University]
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 11:23 PM

It was great to see you both last week at NJCU on Monday and Wednesday. Keep up the great work, Kate, you were fantastic. I told Prof. Roehr that I wanted to attend all 3 lectures because I was confident that I would learn something different at each one, and I did. I value all of the information you passed on to me this time. Well, I won't miss the opportunity to tell you how much both of you have changed my life. Thanks again. Best regards to you both.

From: Professor Sherry Wynn [(Oakland University]
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2004 3:22 PM

I greatly appreciated your team's rhetorical skills. I will forward my students' rhetorical analysis e-class postings as soon as they are complete. I can truly say that I had my mind expanded yesterday, or at least that I was motivated to truly consider the horrors of what I have already learned about animal product industries. Good luck with the cause. I seem to have lost my apathy about animal products. I think I will join my daughter in a meatless lifestyle, and work more diligently to embrace a Vegan lifestyle. I appreciated your empathy with those of us who haven't yet "crossed over," and I will keep you updated on my progress.

From: Professor Jim Hallemann [Oakland Community College-Waterford Campus]
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 11:27 AM

I'm looking forward to your talks on March 17. I hadn't eaten meat for five days until I had some pork sausage for breakfast this morning, and now I feel tired . . . Just thought that I'd let you know that your efforts aren't being performed in a vacuum. Last semester I had a student research vegetarianism for his research paper, and he concluded that for the most part what you presented to the room was accurate.

From: Professor Linda Morrison [Oakland University]
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 6:16 PM

Sorry I had to leave [so quickly after the lecture], I didn't want to interrupt your conversation with the students and I had a meeting to attend. I want to thank you and Kate for speaking in class today. As I mentioned to Kate, my goal is to help them see different approaches to various "social problems" and I think this topic fit in very well. Your direct and provocative approach delivers a powerful punch. I'm glad you were able to present to my class.

From: Professor Gregg Morris [Hunter-CUNY]
To: Kate Timko at
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2004 10:09 AM

[About your speech]...I don't believe in tampering with success. But if I was going to make a suggestion, it would be for me not to make a suggestion. I thought everything worked. You and Gary covered a lot of territory in your presentation and Q&A.

From: Professor Gregg Morris [Hunter-CUNY]
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2004 9:46 AM

Hunter-CUNY is the most ethnically and culturally diverse college at CUNY and probably the most diverse college on the Atlantic seaboard; the mean age is about 23 or 24. The fact that you only had five [opposing views] in that class of 35 is surprising. That 35-student class most reflects the Department of Film and Media Studies; the news reporting classes don't—these classes attract the best students. So, what I am saying is that you're dealing with very, very diverse students and yet can find common ground with many them on one of the few subjects/topics that they seem to come together on collectively. Look forward to seeing you in the fall.

From: Professor Alexandra Cvejic [Queens College]
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2004 6:32 PM

You guys made my semester! I feel so incredibly lucky to have met you both and the timing was truly fate. You are amazing lecturers. You are both charismatic, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable. I think that all of us can learn something from you about transmitting info to undergraduates in a way that is engaging and profoundly thought-provoking. I could see that my students were engaged and moved in a way that they might not have been solely from reading the material. I will not be surprised if some will rethink their personal habits as a result. If they don't change now, perhaps they will eventually. What is most important is that the seeds of Truth have been planted. They are no longer ignorant.

From: Professor Elizabeth Wilson [Miami-Ohio]
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 9:57 AM

Well, you converted me! After your lecture I went home gave all of my meat, egg, milk based products to my boyfriend and became vegan. I went to the store and took your advice to get vegan products and had my first vegan meal this morning. You are a very effective speaker, and everything you said made sense to me. I look forward to being a vegan and living a much healthier life, along with the idea that I now know I am truly respecting the animals that I claimed before to love so much. Thanks for opening my eyes, and I am sure I'll be in touch, as this is all new to me. I would love to have you or Kate come speak to my classes next semester, and I do want to thank you so much again for your time.

From: Professor David Zartman [Ohio State U.—Animal Ag Dept.]
Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 4:39 PM

I am always grateful for your effort to enrich this class with your genuine presentation. It is very critical to valid instruction to have legitimate experiences for the students. Both sections were benefited by experience. The second section, while seemingly frenetic, was just as valid as the first. I hope I can count on you to return this fall and next winter.

From: Professor Frances Blake [Community College of Philadelphia]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2004 7:47 AM

Thank you for coming and presenting! You are an excellent speaker (and teacher), and you have a lot of good energy. My students were much more interactive than they are for other classes with their other professors, so that was a good sign. On a personal note, I learned quite a bit. I've been vegetarian for about 15 years, but not vegan. I wanted to take that next step after hearing your talk, and I was able to find most products (like soy cream for coffee) right in the supermarket. That wasn't possible 15 years ago! About next semester, I won't be teaching until next year this time cuz I'll be on sabbatical. I'd love to have you back when you're in town!

From: Teaching Asst. Matt Benson [Valley Forge Christian College]
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2004 6:08 PM

Thank you for coming and sharing with my ethics class and Dr. Marino's Christian Thought class your views on animal rights. I greatly enjoyed your lecture in the ethics class and found your points challenging. I am not a vegetarian but I do admit you are making me revaluate my views, for that I say thank you. Most of all I admired your passion and dedication to this cause. I do not believe we often see people who are passionate about what they feel and believe, so it was very encouraging to see it. I also wanted to let you know that your lectures made many students think about animal rights beyond what they had before. I have heard many students talking about the issue days after you came. I hope your lectures continue to go well and if possible to have you come back to Valley Forge in the future.

From: Professor Bruce Marino [Valley Forge Christian College]
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 4:11 PM

I very much appreciated your contribution to our students' education, your passion, and your concern for a profoundly important issue. A little heated discussion is a great thing and I am not at all sorry. Light often comes from the clash of ideas. So great job! Hope we can do it again this fall. Much to talk about, but for now, personal and professional thanks. You are appreciated. Blessings!

From: Professor Mel Seesholtz [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 2:08 PM

Well, you got 'em all in the first period class. *Everyone* in the class said the same thing: "I can't eat meat anymore." One girl said she got physically ill when her mother put a roasted chicken on the table that night. I'd guess about 85% in the afternoon class. But even those who said they still intended to eat meat also said the lecture made them think ... Bravo, my Friend!!

From: Professor Mel Seesholtz [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2004 4:35 PM

What can I say ... thank You for another set of inspiring talks.

From: Professor John Burris [Rollins College in FL]
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 1:02 AM

Both of your lectures ROCKED. Only a barbarian could have missed it. This whole process with you and PETA gives me some faith in America, though I have no concept of patriotism whatsoever. I am with you in that this is the next major human revolution. You have done Rollins, and me, a great service. Thanks.


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