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Join Us for Our Next Coffee & Connect:

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 @ 1pmWolf Eradication and Management Policy as Critical Pedagogy with Karen Winter

Wolf eradication and management policy (WEMP) as critical pedagogy provides a unique, academically rigorous, transdisciplinary educational opportunity for high school and college students. Participants will explore the depth and complexity of the systems of WEMP in the context of a humane education model that calls for devising solutions of most benefit and least harm to all stakeholders, including nonhuman animals and the environment. The enmeshment of historical, cultural, political and ecological underpinnings of the issue will be deconstructed to reveal a values-based struggle central to the controversy, rooted in divergence about concepts such as fairness and justice. Understanding of these underpinnings will provide a basis for a critical analysis of wolf management policy including stakeholder influence in the political sphere and the ultimate manifestations in the field of wildlife management. Participants will discover that WEMP provides opportunities within multiple disciplines to devise units of instruction for engaging inquiry with great potential to inspire civic action.


About the Presenter: Karen Winter found her life’s calling in humane education through a series of fortunate events. As a born animal lover, she longed to learn more about wildlife which led her to earn her bachelor’s in wildlife management. This presented possibilities in Africa where she served in two countries as a US Peace Corps Volunteer. In Burundi, she worked in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute to survey the chimpanzee population and then in Uganda where she assisted with the development of a mountain gorilla tourism program. It was through her work in Africa that she realized that education is the crucial link that inspires action. She created environmental education programs for villagers to encourage participation in agroforestry to preserve dwindling habitat, and for park guides to emphasize the need to protect the mountain gorillas from potential harm from tourism. Her passion for education was born. Eager to make it a career, Karen earned her master’s in education upon returning to the US in order to teach elementary school. She is currently pursuing an EdD with a specialization in “solutionary” humane education, and feels so fortunate to be a part of a collaborative program between Antioch University New England and the Institute for Humane Education. The “solutionary” model seeks to find solutions to problems that do the most good and least harm to people, nonhumans and the environment. Karen is also currently supporting student activists in Idaho in opposition to the recent wolf eradication legislation in that state.

Upcoming Fall & Winter Coffee & Connects:

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 1pm ET: Anna M. Boarini, Humane Education & Outreach Coordinator - VINE Sanctuary (topic TBA)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 @ 1pm ET: Jessica Maricevic (topic TBA)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 1pm ET: Topic and speaker TBA

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 @ 1pm ET: Tressa Yonekawa Bundren (topic TBA)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 @ 1pm ET: Jeanne Frye-Mason (topic TBA)


Our popular Coffee & Connect webinars were introduced in 2020 resulting from an immediate need for our members to connect and share summer camp planning during the 2020 COVID pandemic beginnings. Due to the success of this monthly program (formerly Coffee & Camp), the program has evolved to monthly webinars featuring experts in the field of Humane Education. Each Coffee & Connect features spotlights topics relevant to educators in the field. 

Coffee & Connect is offered the 1st Wednesday of each month, at 1pm ET.  Registration is free for members and requires pre-registration. Non-members may register for a $5 fee.

Past Coffee & Connect topics

March 9, 2022 - "Connections Create Conservationists; the Work of Animal Ambassadors" with Haylee Blake from Helen Woodward Animal Center

February 2, 2022 - "How Much Is a Whale Really Worth?" with Beth Besom of the Walter Munk Foundation for the Oceans

January 12, 2022 - "Educating Youth with Farm Sanctuary Programming" with Maddie Krasno of Farm Sanctuary

November 3, 2021 - "Sharing is Caring: Virtual Roundtables" with the APHE board 

October 6, 2021 - "Fostering Compassion for Fishes" with Jonathan Balcombe and Kim Korona

September 1, 2021 - "Ready, S-E-T, Go: Building a Culture of SEL" with Katie Frazier and Nicole Lovecchio

May 5, 2021 - " Summer Camp: It's All Fun and Games" with Kim Ferris-Church

March 3, 2021 - "Cool to Be Kind:"  Evaluation of a Classroom-Based Humane Education Intervention

February 3, 2021 - HE Volunteers

January 6, 2021 - Preparing Volunteers and Their Dogs to Represent Your Organization

December 2, 2020 - Teaching Animal Protection, Embracing Social Justice 

November 4, 2020 - New Partnerships/Schools/Funding

October 7, 2020 - Fall Programming with East Bay SPCA

September 2, 2020 - Camp Review/School Going Forward 

2020 Coffee & Camp dates:  4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27.

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