Barman is President of the Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS), based
in North Carolina (USA), a Vegetarian Union of North America (VUNA)
councilor, a speaker with S.P.E.A.K. (Supporting and Promoting Ethics
for the Animal Kingdom), and a software engineer with IBM. He
has been a vegetarian advocate for many years and has appeared on local
and national television on topics such as trends in vegetarianism, vegan
Thanksgiving, and the dangers of irradiated foods. In addition
to his organization's newsletter, he has published cooking articles
in a number of books and newspapers. He has taught vegetarian cooking
classes for several organizations. Dilip has been active on the
internet for over ten years; his home page is www.dilip.info
and TVS' site is www.trianglevegsociety.org.
Dilip will be presenting
the following talks/workshops:
Why Vegetarian (60 min)
This talk covers basic arguments supporting choosing a vegetarian lifestyle.
It is compelling for non-vegetarians to understand the relevant issues
and, for vegetarians, provides a good footnote-referenced resource they
can use to take back to their own communities. A current version is available
on the web at http://www.trianglevegsociety.org/presentations/whyvegetarian
. Dilip will be adding more details to the ethics section to document
"factory farming" realities.
Introduction to Animal Rights Philosophy (45m talk)
What are "rights" and what kind of system bestows these rights?
Do animals have rights and, if they do, in what context does this make
sense? Are there ethical guidelines that suggest how people should
interact with non-human animals? This presentation, based on material
available on the web at http://www.cs.unc.edu/~barman/presentations/dkb-ar.htm,
will introduce compassionate folks, vegetarian or not, to the concepts
behind the contemporary animal rights movement.
"Vegetarian" Gardening (55m talk)
It's hard to beat the natural "high" of seeing one's efforts
"playing with dirt" resulting in lovely fruits, vegetables,
and/or flowers. Many of us, especially in the vegetarian-friendly
community, strongly prefer organic over chemical-based gardening.
However, vegetarians, as well as the general public concerned with "Mad
Cow" disease, need to be aware that many organic gardening practices
advocate the use of items such as blood and bone meal and other slaughterhouse
In this presentation, available on the web at http://www.trianglevegsociety.org/presentations/veggardening
and based on an article that I published (available online at http://www.trianglevegsociety.org/grapevine/v12/vegarden.html),
Dilip will discuss approaches to organic gardening that are veganic, not
using any animal byproducts at all, and "vegetarian", avoiding
ground-up animals but perhaps using manure. He will conclude with
a bit of detail on rose culture, and talk about how I have used "vegetarian"
gardening practices to grow award-winning roses (see my rose page at www.dilip.info/roses.html).
Dishes from the ethnic vegetarian
cooking. How to cook in large quantities.
Panel Discussion on Vegetarian Organizations
Panel discussion where the intended audience is organizers of vegetarian
societies and/or events. We could discuss "best practices",
techniques we've used for fund-raising, recruiting, planning programs,
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