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Our Symphony With Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies By Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H When: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 Where: Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. (Kensington & Commonwealth Aves.) Cost: $3.00 Time: 7:00 p.m. program; 6:00 p.m. potluck About Dr. Aysha Akhtar: Akhtar is double board-certified in both neurology and preventive medicine and has a master’s degree in public health. She 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. She is the author of Animals and Public Health and lives in Maryland. “Our Symphony with Animals is a beautiful, compassionate, and important book. Dr. Akhtar deftly weaves her personal and professional experiences into the scientific story of how humans are designed to bond with animals--and the cost, to us and to the rest of animate creation, of breaking that bond. Her wonderful book is at once intimate and global, and its message is crucial: empathy with our fellow animals is vital for the health of humans and non-humans alike.”—Sy Montgomery, author of How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals For information email [masked] or see www.vegetarianrichmond.org. Please bring your own place setting, serving utensil, beverage and recipe or list of ingredients and a VEGAN dish.