Publishing and Media

Christine A. Dorchak 

Christine A. Dorchak, along with Carey M. Theil, is a cofounder of GREY2K USA Worldwide. As an attorney, Christine specializes in pari-mutuel law and has drafted laws to successfully prohibit dog racing in several states and countries. She has been featured in national publications including the Huffington Post, Forbes, and American Dog. A long-distance runner, she has competed in seven Boston Marathons. 

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Élise Desaulniers

A political science graduate, Élise Desaulniers worked in research and marketing for over ten years. A special interest in food ethics and veganism led her to create the blog penseravantdouvrirlabouche.com (“think before you open your mouth dot com”), and then to write her first book, Je mange avec ma tête (Stanké, 2011; “I Eat With My Head”). She is now frequently asked to give presentations to ethics and philosophy classes at various colleges and universities, as well as during events at libraries and bookstores. Her website is edesaulniers.com.

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Margo DeMello

Margo DeMello received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently teaches at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters program, and at Central New Mexico Community College, teaching sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology. She is the Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute, and the President of House Rabbit Society. She also volunteers for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Prairie Dog Pals. She lives outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a husband, four Chihuahuas, three cats, a parrot, and a few dozen house rabbits. Her website is margodemello.com.

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Jason Del Gandio

Jason Del Gandio is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University (Philadelphia). He has written on such topics as autonomy, immaterial labor, corporate control, the rhetoric of Barack Obama, performance art, the Occupy movement, and the relationship between neo-liberalism and the university.

His scholarship focuses on the performance, philosophy and rhetoric of social justice. “Performance” addresses issues of embodiment, habit and style; “philosophy” addresses cognition, reason and systems of thought; and “rhetoric” addresses audience, language and persuasion. His topics of interest also include activism, community organizing, enactments of resistance and liberation, and social movements. Theoretically, Del Gandio’s work is most directly informed by Italian Autonomism, phenomenology and poststructuralism.

His earlier work has focused on helping activists improve their communication skills and rhetorical strategies, the topic of his first book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists (2008). It’s also related to a more recent, co-edited book titled Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice (2014).  Much of his work is influenced by his own experiences with activism and social movements. Over the past fifteen years, Del Gandio has participated in the antiwar movement, fair trade campaigns, the global justice movement, Latin American solidarity work and more recently, the Occupy movement.

He is also beginning to explore social movement literacy: How do we help educate the general public on how to properly read and understand the nature and function of social movements? Del Gandio envisions that as a public pedagogy projectit exceeds the institutional boundaries of the academy and seeks to have wider social influence. You can read about his work at this website: https://klein.temple.edu/faculty/jason-del-gandio.

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Lorie Eve Dechar

Lorie Eve Dechar’s unique alchemical approach to the practice of traditional Chinese medicine emerges from her commitment to discovering a healthier and more integrated way for herself and other people to inhabit our planet. Her background includes a Master’s degree in acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and training in Archetypal Psychology, Gestalt, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy as well as stints as a gardener, environmental activist, artist, poet and Zen student. Since co-founding A New Possibility, a healing and learning collaborative, in 2012 with her husband, Benjamin Fox, she has published two additional books, TheAlchemy of Inner Work: A Guide for Turning Illness and Suffering Into True Health and Well-Being and Kigo: Exploring the Spiritual Essence of Acupuncture Points Through the Changing Seasons. @anewpossibility, @loriedechar.

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Susan E. Davis

Award-winning journalist and editor Susan E. Davis has written for a wide range of publications, including Sports Illustrated, Mademoiselle, The Nation and The Washington Post. She is the author of The Sporting Life and Baby Play. She is a national educator with the House Rabbit Society and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children, two rabbits and miscellaneous other small creatures.

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Kara Davis

Kara Davis formerly worked at Lantern Books. She was raised in the military with a no-nukes activist parent, and cut her teeth with the Sanctuary movement on the Arizona border. Embracing complexity, her activism is centered in harm-reduction and includes healthcare access, police brutality and the prison system, animal rights, and anti-racist work. Kara currently teaches teams how to improve productivity and happiness. She credits much of what she knows to experience with ACT UP.
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Karen Davis

Karen Davis was the founder and President of United Poultry Concerns. She had a PhD in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she taught in the English Department for twelve years. She is the author of A Home for Henny (2014); Instead of Chicken, Instead of Turkey: A Poultryless ‘Poultry’ Potpourri (1999); Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry (2009); and More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality (2001). She is also the author of The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities (2005) and For the Birds: From Exploitation to Liberation (2019). Her website is www.upc-online.org.

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