Living One is a free webinar series produced by The Kerulos Center for Nonviolence focusing on how culture and life will look in the absence of Animal exploitation, when humans and other Animals live as one community in peace and wellness.

A ttitudes towards Nature are radically changing. Plant-based living, veganism, and Animal advocacy and rights are now mainstream topics. We know what’s wrong, but what does “right” look like?

Formerly the Trans-species Psychology Webinar, Living One is a free monthly event where presenters from around the world share their vision about the nature of change in human psychology, life and culture in the absence of Animal exploitation. The half-hour live presentation is followed by open question and answer by participating audience. Recorded sessions are available at no charge on the Kerulos Learning Institute website.


On December 1, Living One hosts Margo DeMello, PhD. She received her degree in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Davis in 1995, and currently teaches at Canisius College in the Anthrozoology Masters program.

She is the outgoing Program Director for Human-Animal Studies at Animals & Society Institute, and the past President of House Rabbit Society. She also volunteers for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. Her books include Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community (Duke University Press 2000), Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature (with Susan Davis, Lantern 2003), Low-Carb Vegetarian (Book Publishing Co. 2004), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection (with Erin Williams, Prometheus 2007), The Encyclopedia of Body Adornment (Greenwood 2007), Feet and Footwear (ABC-CLIO 2009), Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies Across the Disciplines (Lantern 2010), Faces Around the World (ABC-CLIO 2012), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia University Press 2012), Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (Routledge 2012), Inked (ABC-CLIO 2014), Body Studies: An Introduction (Routledge 2014), and Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death (Michigan State 2016).

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time (2000 UTC). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You  will also gain access to previous Living One presentations at The Kerulos Learning Institute.


November 3, 2019: lauren Ornelas

lauren Ornelas is the founder of Food Empowerment Project (FEP) and serves as its executive director.  She has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. lauren is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999.

While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California.

lauren was also the spark that convinced the founder of Whole Foods Market to become vegan. In addition, she served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch lauren’s TEDx talk, The Power of Our Food Choices and learn more about F.E.P.’s work at foodispower.org, veganmexicanfood.com and veganfilipinofood.com.

The recorded version of this live event is available at no charge from the Kerulos Learning Institute.