Wednesday, August 25, 2021

08:30 pm - 10:30 pm

A three-night showing of artist Chad Mount's projection installation at the OSU Discovery Center—featuring buffaloes, whales, and monarchs—begins at sunset. The exhibition is on view Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights from sunset to around midnight.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

09:00 am - 11:30 pm

Common Bonds All-Network Meeting
This is a pre-conference, all-day event for members of Common Bonds, an Oklahoma leadership network to end needless euthanasia of cats and dogs in municipal shelters. Presenters include Kelly Burley, Matt Biggar, Brent Toellner, and Abby Levine. (At Oklahoma City Community Foundation)

A three-night showing of artist Chad Mount's projection installation at the OSU Discovery Center—featuring buffaloes, whales, and monarchs—begins at sunset. The exhibition is on view Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights from sunset to around midnight.

Friday, August 27, 2021

07:00 am - 04:00 pm

Registration (All Day)
Free parking on the east side of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

07:30 am - 08:45 am

Breakfast

09:00 am - 11:45 am

Welcome: Animals as a Community Metric
Louisa McCune, Executive Director, Kirkpatrick Foundation

Folding Light: Introducing a New Arts Center
Eddie Walker, Executive Director, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Society & Animals
Philip Tedeschi, Director Emeritus of Institute for Human Animal Connections

The First Americans
James Pepper Henry, Executive Director, First Americans Museum

Art & Animals
Jeremiah Davis, Artistic Director, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Prosecuting Joe Maldonado-Passage
Judge Amanda Green, United States Magistrate Judge Western District of Oklahoma

Ethics & Philosophy
Nancy Snow, Philosopher and Director, Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing at the University of Oklahoma
David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester
Paul Kirbas, President and CEO, Graduate Theological Foundation

Plotting the Future for Elephants
Josh Plotnik, Conservation Behavior Researcher, Hunter College at the City University of New York

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch
During lunches and certain other times during the conference, Open Space conversations will be available. Open Space is a process that allows all participants to join in discussion around specific themes, created by attendees for attendees. Open Space topics might include administration, communications, staffing, fundraising, social media, etc.

12:45 pm - 03:45 pm

2021 Kirkpatrick Honor for Animal Wellbeing
Jamee Suarez and Robin Suarez, Founders, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals
Presented by Christian Keesee

Common Bonds and the Partnership to End Needless Euthanasia
Kelly Burley, Director, Common Bonds
Matt Biggar, Founder & Principal, Connected to Place
Brent Toellner, Regional Director of the South Central and Great Plains Regions, Best Friends Animal Society

Fighting the Fight of Blood Sport
Drew Edmondson, Former Oklahoma Attorney General and District Attorney

Legislative Update: Oklahoma
Alex Berney, Kirkpatrick Policy Group Board Member

Our Country of Animals
Wayne Pacelle, President, The Center for a Humane Economy

Concluding Remarks

A speakers' dinner will be held at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo at 6:30 p.m. Conference participants should plan for dinner on their own. Please contact office@kirkpatrickfoundation.com for recommended restaurants and assistance in coordinating casual group dinners.

A three-night showing of artist Chad Mount's projection installation at the OSU Discovery Center—featuring buffaloes, whales, and monarchs—begins at sunset. The exhibition is on view Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights from sunset to around midnight.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

07:30 am - 10:00 am

Registration (Morning)
Free parking on the east side of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

07:30 am - 09:00 am

Breakfast

Blessing of the Animals
Canon Susan Joplin, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

09:00 am - 11:45 am

Morning Welcome

Tahlequah the Whale: Inspiring Killer Whale Conservation
Casey McLean, Executive Director & Veterinary Nurse, Sealife Response + Rehab + Research, SR3
Holly Fearnbach, Marine Mammal Research Director, SR3

Data-Driven Animal Protection
Andrew Rowan, PhD, Animal Grantmakers Founding Member

How Good Design Saves Lives
Amy Johnson, School Director & Graphic Design Program Division Head, University of Central Oklahoma

The State of Oklahoma Animals
Louisa McCune & Manda Overturf Shank

The Genius of Dogs
Brian Hare, Author of The Genius of Dogs and Co-Founder of Dognition

The Inherent Poor Judgment of Killing Contests
Michelle Lute, National Carnivore Conservation Manager, Project Coyote

Not So Innocent: How Turtles Suffer at the County Fair
Alex Heeb, Turtle Race Task Force

Poultry Farms Report
Pam Kingfisher, Consultant, Shining Waters Consulting

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm - 03:45 pm

World Farming, New Alternatives
Rachel Dreskin, CEO, Plant Based Foods Association

MAPS 4: A New Animal Shelter
Jonathan Gary, Superintendent, City of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division

Belongingness in Animal Welfare: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Michael Blackwell, Assistant Surgeon General and Director, Program for Pet Health Equity
Carlos Risco, Dean, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Pet Homelessness, Abuse, and Neglect in Northeastern Oklahoma
Erin Shackleford, Executive Director, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals

In the Ocean of Humanity
Commander John Herrington, Retired United States Naval Aviator and Former NASA Astronaut

Concluding Remarks

Adjourn Until 2024