First Annual Connect the Dots Conference

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Save the date! 1st Annual Connect the Dots Conference October 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA Featuring Carol J. Adams and Sponsored by National Museum of Animals and Society

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Conference Overview

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 9am-5pm
Location*: Mid City Los Angeles (private location – sent via email)
Featured speaker: Carol J. Adams

  • Before October 1, 2013: $40, $30 NMAS Member
  • After October 1, 2013: $50, $40 NMAS Member

The First Annual Connect the Dots Conference is the first of its kind, dedicated solely to exploring and building momentum for “connectionist” goals – holistic aims for peace and justice – work at the intersections of all forms of violence and oppression. As a participant, you will learn about the connections between human, animal, and environmental well-being from experts like renowned author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol J. Adams.  This one-day gathering will help you build skills for intersectional social justice work and introduce you to like-minded individuals who connect the dots. Combining presentations and interactive opportunities, this will be an intimate, productive conference that allows you to connect and contribute.

Space is limited!

Conference logistics will be emailed to you upon registration.


The morning will provide an opportunity to get to know each other, learn about the Connect the Dots project, and explore just what it means to connect the dots on human, animal, an environmental well-being.  With breaks for snacks and lunch, invited speakers will then lead the group in engaging presentations that highlight these connections. After ample opportunities for questions and discussions, the group will convene in a short, facilitated process that will, for the first time, determine priorities for the connectionist movement.  The gathering will end with additional networking and mind/body opportunities.

Anticipated agenda
9 – 1oam: Conference Opening
10am – noon: Presentations & discussions
Noon – 1pm: Vegan lunch provided
1pm – 5pm: Presentations, discussions, networking


Stay tuned for additional speakers!

Carol J. Adams, Keynote Speaker

Carol J. Adams

Carol J. Adams

Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar whose work explores the cultural construction of intersectional oppressions. Her book, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory is now in a 20th anniversary edition from Bloomsbury Academic, and has been translated into several languages. She is also the author of Neither Man Nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals (1994), The Pornography of Meat (2003) and the co-editor of Animals and Women (1995), The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics (2007) (both edited with Josephine Donovan), and the forthcoming Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth, (edited with Lori Gruen). She has also been an activist against domestic violence, racism, and homelessness, and for reproductive justice and fair housing practices.  She pioneered work discussing and addressing domestic violence and harm to animals.

About The Sexual Political of Meat

Sexual Politics of Meat Book CoverThe Sexual Politics of Meat started a revolution.  In its twenty years, this underground classic has been translated into several languages and has been shared among lovers, friends, families, and activists.  Since the day of original publication, The Sexual Politics of Meat has been garnering accolades while being equally reviled by conservative talking heads.  A landmark text in the ongoing debate about animal rights, the book has inspired controversy and heated debate, changing lives of its readers across the globe.  With its innovative understanding of the relationship between violence against women and violence against animals, The Sexual Politics of Meat identifies connections among sexism, racism, and speciesism.  It shows how without even knowing it, meat eaters uphold a sexist, patriarchal culture and argues that because meat eating is (still) a measure of a virile culture and individual, our society equates vegetarianism with emasculation and femininity.  Carol J. Adams explores the inextricable connection between gender politics and how we view animals, especially animals who are consumed.  Readers will realize that veganism and fighting for animal rights are as important to living a life of compassionate activism as working to improve the lives of disenfranchised and suffering people.

Ashley Maier

Ashley Maier

Ashley Maier

Ashley Maier holds an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is currently finishing her last semester of the MPA program at the University of Illinois.  Ashley has worked in the movement to end violence against women for over a decade.  That work as taken her from Illinois and Missouri to Oregon and California.  Ashley currently works on the national PreventConnect project at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  As a feminist and a vegan, Ashley holds the conviction that we will only end injustices such as gendered violence when we recognize the violent context in which we live and cease to condone all daily acts of violence that take less obvious forms, such as our exploitation of animals and the environment.  That conviction led to the creation of the Connect the Dots project, which she manages on a volunteer basis. Ashley is a contributing author to Lantern Books’ Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat.

About Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots logoConnect the Dots is a project that seeks to eliminate the disconnection between seemingly disparate social justice issues and movements. Recognizing that all forms of injustice share the same root system, it fosters effective, comprehensive violence prevention and anti-oppression efforts. This is reflected in its mission: to promote and build capacity to address the connections between human, animal, and environmental well-being. By encouraging individuals to expand their lens on violence and exploitation, and by building bridges between movements to address it, Connect the Dots is building a connectionist movement – one that rejects the false dichotomies dividing social justice issues and movements and that is dedicated to working comprehensively towards a peaceful and just world for all.

Carolyn Merino Mullin

Carolyn Merina Mullin

Carolyn Merino Mullin

Carolyn Merino Mullin is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Museum of Animals & Society. She has over 14 years worth of experience in the nonprofit sector, with special emphasis in children’s education, museology, and animal advocacy. She served as the Miami-Dade and Alachua County Organizer for the historic “Yes on 10″ ballot initiative with Floridians for Humane Farms which effectively banned gestation crates for pregnant sows on factory farms in 2002. In 2008, she coordinated the Northern California “Yes on 2″ campaign, which banned gestation crates, veal crates and battery cages within the state of California. In addition to her legislative work, Carolyn has been involved from the ground-up in animal advocacy, leading community groups such as Animal Activists of Alachua and running the West Coast branch of Farm Sanctuary’s Education Department. Carolyn earned her Bachelor’s in Religion Studies, with a focus in Religion & Nature, from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO. She also reviews children’s books from an animal protection standpoint at

About the National Museum of Animals & Society

NMAS logoFounded in 2010, the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) is the first museum of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. Until NMAS, animal protection was the only social movement that lacked a museum presence or institution of its own. We address the living history of the animal protection movement, animal studies and humane education in our exhibitions, collections, public programming, and educational efforts. Annually, we reach over 1,300 students with our humane education program in Southern California schools, open 2-3 online and temporary exhibitions, acquire hundreds of artifacts for our growing collection, archive and library, welcome 10 interns through our internship program, hold a successful Fall Lecture Series and other local events, and continue to develop essential on-line resources for teachers, students and members of the public.

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*The conference location is subject to change as space needs dictate.  We guarantee that the space will be located in Los Angeles and will notify you immediately of any changes.

**The conference fee acts as a donation that will allow us to pay logistical costs, including a vegan lunch!  We are unable to accept cancelations or to provide refunds.

***As can be expected, the agenda is subject to change.






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