• EA Chicago - Ending Factory Farming with Jon Camp of The Humane League

    Kellogg School of Management

    ***EVENT WILL BE IN ROOM 507 of WIEBOLDT HALL*** Please join us for a meetup for Effective Altruism Chicago! Jon Camp is Vice President, Grassroots, for The Humane League. Throughout 2004 - 2014, Jon traveled throughout North America, leafleting over a million students at over 500 colleges and universities. In 2014, Jon was recognized for his contributions to grassroots animal advocacy by being inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame. At The Humane League, Jon has managed the grassroots efforts of multiple successful corporate campaigns and ballot initiatives and now spends his time traveling around the country introducing individuals to The Humane League's work and tactics. For Jon's presentation, he'll discuss the importance of advocating for farm animals, the value of incremental change, and the progress The Humane League has seen using corporate campaigns and ballot initiatives to improve the lives of farm animals. There will be a Q&A session following the talk. Corresponding Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748187488821523/

  • July Social

    Quartino Ristorante

    Come talk to and meet other effective altruists in Chicago! We'll have dinner and/or drinks at Quartino and hang out for a few hours. This meetup will have no talk, speaker, or agenda. If you're new to or not very familiar with effective altruism, this will be a great chance to ask questions and meet people! Please RSVP if coming!

  • EA Chicago - The Lead Hypothesis: Investigating lead poisoning as an EA cause

    ***EVENT WILL BE IN ROOM 507 of WIEBOLDT HALL*** Please join us for a meetup for Effective Altruism Chicago! For this meetup, Dan Wahl will present on a fascinating topic: Widespread childhood lead exposure in the 20th century resulted in devastating consequences for the affected individuals and communities. While progress has been made in remediating the worst offenders (paint and gasoline), the remaining lead in legacy infrastructure continues to poison children, even locally in Chicago. This talk will provide an introduction to the history of lead poisoning, the plausible neurological mechanism by which it causes individual harm, the myriad correlations between lead exposure and negative societal impacts, and the case for lead poisoning as an EA cause priority. Recommended media: http://rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs-224-rick-nevin-on-the-long-term-effects-of-lead-on-crime.html Corresponding Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/302148957330638/

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  • EA Chicago: June Social Meetup

    Wicker Park

    *** PLEASE RSVP YES IF YOU PLAN ON COMING *** For this meetup, we'll meet at a member's home in the Wicker Park neighborhood, near downtown Chicago. We do not have an agenda for the meetup, and instead will socialize and get to know each other a bit better! If you RSVP 'going' (not 'interested'), we will private message you the exact location. This is a post-dinner event. There is no requirement for guests to bring any snacks or drinks, as we will have some already, but you can bring something if you'd like. Everyone is welcome to attend!

  • EA Chicago April Meetup: Are Invertebrates Sentient & Does it Matter?

    Kellogg School of Management

    ***EVENT WILL BE IN ROOM 514 of WIEBOLDT HALL*** Corresponding Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/403699200419563/ Please join us for a meetup for Effective Altruism Chicago! For this meetup, Marcus Davis of Rethink Priorities (https://www.rethinkpriorities.org/) will present on a fascinating topic: Determining whether invertebrates have the capacity to experience pain and pleasure in a morally significant way is a complex and difficult undertaking. There is tremendous uncertainty at virtually every level at which one might investigate the matter. Rethink Priorities has attempted to create a comprehensive collection and analysis of the existing scientific studies relevant to the subject. Drawing on Rethink's work, Marcus will try to sketch out initial answers to the following questions: what is the evidence, what does it imply about invertebrate sentience, and, given moral and practical uncertainty about the importance invertebrates, what, if anything, should we do next to address invertebrate welfare?

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  • Effective Altruism Chicago: March House Meetup

    *** PLEASE RSVP YES IF YOU PLAN ON COMING *** Facebook page for this meetup: https://www.facebook.com/events/1197089930450764/ For this meetup, we'll meet at a member's home around the Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago. We do not have an agenda for the meetup, and instead will get to know each other and share ideas! If you RSVP 'going' (not 'interested'), we will private message you the exact location. This is a post-dinner event. There is no requirement for guests to bring any snacks or drinks, as we will have some already, but you can bring something if you'd like. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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  • EA Chicago February Meetup: Animal Equality

    Kellogg School of Management

    ***MEETUP IN ROOM 514 OF WIEBOLT HALL*** Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/397965284347590 Please join us for a meetup for Effective Altruism Chicago! For this meetup, we are excited to welcome Animal Equality, which is an international animal protection organization dedicated to defending animals through investigations, education, and campaigns. Named a Top Charity for the fourth time, Animal Equality, works in countries where there is the most opportunity to create lasting, systemic change for animals. Michael Trabert, Animal Equality's director of philanthropy, will present on how Animal Equality leverages Effective Altruism principles to work towards their vision of a world where all animals are respected and protected. Animal Equality’s Top Charity Report: https://animalcharityevaluators.org/charity-review/animal-equality/ 80,000 Hours Podcast with co-founders Sharon Nunez and Jose Valle: https://80000hours.org/podcast/episodes/animal-equality-exposing-cruelty/?autoplay=1 Vice President Jose Valle’s EA Global 2017 Presentation: Virtual Reality for Promoting Empathy https://www.eaglobal.org/talks/virtual-reality-for-promoting-empathy/ This event is free to all who would like to attend!

  • EA Chicago: January House Meetup

    Wicker Park

    *** PLEASE RSVP YES IF YOU PLAN ON COMING *** For this meetup, we'll meet at a member's home in the Wicker Park neighborhood, near downtown Chicago. We do not have an agenda for the meetup, and instead will socialize and get to know each other a bit better! If you RSVP 'going' (not 'interested'), we will private message you the exact location. This is a post-dinner event. There is no requirement for guests to bring any snacks or drinks, as we will have some already, but you can bring something if you'd like. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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  • EA Chicago December Meetup: Biosecurity

    Kellogg School of Management

    See the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/205797386897086 LOCATION: Room 514 of Wieboldt Hall Please join us for a meetup for Effective Altruism Chicago to learn a bit about and discuss biosecurity as a EA cause. We'll cover the risks of pandemics, comparisons to other global catastrophic risks, plus strategies for handling these problems. We'll first have a short presentation followed by discussion. Some reading materials include: -https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/biosecurity -https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/cause-reports/research-and-development-decrease-biosecurity-risks-viral-pathogens -https://80000hours.org/problem-profiles/biosecurity/ -https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/12/6/18127430/superbugs-biotech-pathogens-biological-warfare-pandemic This event is free to all who would like to attend!

  • EA Chicago Book Talk: The End of Animal Farming

    Wieboldt Hall, Room 413, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

    Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094758674026900/ Today there's widespread agreement that factory farming is devastating for human and animal welfare. This talk is not about those problems. Instead, Reese will drawn upon evidence from history, psychology, and elsewhere to trace out the strategic roadmap that seems most likely to end factory farming. The timeline has four stages: Foundation, Revolution, Stigmatization, and Follow-Through. Reese will trace out the most important developments of technological and social change in each of these stages, such as the advent of clean meat (real meat made without animal slaughter) and the ethical issues with so-called "humane" animal farming. Jacy is the Research Director at Sentience Institute, a nonprofit think tank researching the most effective strategies to expand humanity's moral circle. His book, The End of Animal Farming (Nov 6, 2018), uses the effective altruism lens to outline a roadmap to a more ethical, sustainable, and prosperous food system for humans and animals. He has written in outlets including Quartz, Salon, and Vox, and presented on these topics in 20 countries. A few copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. The author will sign copies (both bought at the event or elsewhere). For the best price and to ensure you get a copy, please order on Amazon beforehand! https://amazon.com/End-Animal-Farming-Entrepreneurs-Animal-Free/dp/0807019453/