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Mylan Engel Jr.

Mylan Engel Jr. is a philosophy professor at Northern Illinois University, where he received NIU’s 2009 excellence in undergraduate Teaching Award. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona. He specializes in epistemology, philosophy of religion, and animal and environmental ethics. He is the executive secretary of the Society for the Study of ethics and Animals, a position he has held since 2002. He is on the board of the Culture & Animals Foundation.

Mylan grew up in Alabama along the Gulf Coast, where his grandfather and two of his uncles were hog farmers. Steeped in Southern culture, he often went hunting and fishing during the first twenty years of his life. In graduate school, he discovered that eating meat is not necessary for good health. It was then that he realized that all of the suffering he had witnessed animals endure on his uncle’s farm served no significant human interest. He became a vegetarian as a result. In 1996, he became vegan and founded NIU’s Vegetarian education Group with Lisa Joniak and Ray Dybzinski. He has been faculty advisor for the group ever since. Mylan lives with three cats who graciously share their home with him.

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Hal L. Edwards

Hal L. Edwards has worked for more than half a century as a clergyman, marketplace coach, pastoral psychotherapist, and spiritual director. An ordained United Methodist pastor, he served local parishes in North Carolina, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Southern California before becoming President of Christian Laity of Chicago, where he served for almost three decades. During his decade as President of CityQuest, he facilitated conferences, workshops, and home gatherings for people who represent many of the world’s major religions. Hal lives with his wife, Jill, in Wauconda, Illinois. He is a father of four children and grandfather of ten.

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Kathryn Eddy

Kathryn Eddy is an interdisciplinary artist who uses sound, installation, painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore the complexities of the animal and human animal relationship. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, most recently the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS), and can be found in both public and private collections, including NMAS. She is a founding member of ArtAnimalAffect and has a studio in East Orange, New Jersey. Her website is kathryneddy.com.

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