The Veg Society of DC (http://www.vsdc.org) is pleased to organize a fascinating and informative talk by Dr. Aysha Akhtar, with lunch at DC Vegan @ New Deal Cafe (http://www.newdealcafe.com/food/dinner-menu) in Greenbelt MD.
Dr. Aysha Akhtar is a double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist whose work points out that there is a mutual benefit to both humans and animals when animal interests are protected. Her new book, "Our Symphony with Animals", was just released on May 7th and explores the interconnection of all social struggles against cruelty and injustice.
This event will be held at DC Vegan @ New Deal Cafe, in Greenbelt MD, which serves an accessible, plant-based, Italian-American menu that nurtures the environment, animals, and our health. They also have desserts from Vegan Treats. The cafe is managed by our wonderful friends at DC Vegan Catering (http://www.dc-vegan.com).
(Plenty of free parking is available in the lot just outside and around the shopping center - please read and follow all parking signs. The location is metro accessible with bus connections.)
Please plan to have lunch at the cafe since they are kindly providing the space without additional charge. The food is 'pay on your own' directly to the restaurant and they accept major credit cards.
Arrive early - by 12 noon to get seated and order food. The intro and announcements will start just after 1230 pm, followed by the talk, with time for Q&A and additional mingling until 2 pm.
**RSVP'ing on this meetup page is important so we can track numbers most accurately.
Signed copies of Dr. Akhtar's new book will be available to attendees at a discounted price.
Dr. Aysha Akhtar is a double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist whose work points out that there is a mutual benefit to both humans and animals when animal interests are protected. In her 1st book, "Animals and Public Health", and in her TED Talk, Dr. Akhtar explains why harming animals is not necessary for humans to thrive or progress by presenting scientific evidence that demonstrates the inter-dependence of human and animal health. She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.
In her latest book, "Our Symphony with Animals," Dr. Akhtar examines the rich human-animal connection and how inter-species empathy enriches our well-being. Deftly combining medicine, social history and personal experience, she shows how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined. She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters ― including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran ― and comes face to face with a serial killer…
Dr. Akhtar is the Deputy Director of the Army's Traumatic Brain Injury Program. Previously, she worked for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration. She is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, in which she deploys to assist with national public health emergencies. She is also a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and is a Consultant Editor for the Journal of Animal Ethics.
Because Dr. Akhtar works for the U.S. government, she also provides the disclaimer that the opinions expressed here are hers, and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. government.
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