Ernest Freeberg is a distinguished professor of humanities and head of the history department at the University of Tennessee. He has authored three award-winning books including Democracy’s Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, The Great War, and the Right to Dissent, The Age of Edison, and A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the birth of the Animal Rights Movement.
Since 2006, Nicole Forsyth has served as President and CEO of RedRover, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings animals from crisis to care and strengthens the bond between people and animals. She holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Biology/Welfare from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Maine.
Captain Paul Watson is a Canadian/American marine conservation activist, who founded the direct-action group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977. He has been described as “the world’s most aggressive, most determined, most active and most effective defender of wildlife.”
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is president and CEO of The Center for Contemporary Sciences. She is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine specialist, with a background in public health, and is a U.S veteran. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program developing the Army’s brain injury prevention and treatment strategies for soldiers.
Colleen Plumb is an American photographer, video artist, and public video projection artist. Her work investigates contradictory relationships people have with animals. Her work 30 Times a Minute features photos from videos of captive elephants in their small enclosures captured from over seventy zoos in the US and Europe, along with contributions from animal rights activists and scientists.
Kathryn L. Smithies is a medieval historian, and research and teaching associate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of the just released book, Introducing the Medieval Ass.