"A GAME CHANGER"
Jenny Brown is simply the most effective, powerful, and inspiring speaker I've encountered in more than 30 years working within the animal advocacy movement--a game changer. Jenny has the uncanny ability to touch people's hearts, not just their minds. Instead of hiding behind her lectern or PowerPoint slides (as many speakers do), Jenny puts herself right out there, establishing a rare intimacy and trust between herself and her audience. With disarming personal candor, Jenny began her talk on our campus with a narrative about her own history as a cancer survivor, a disabled woman, and an animal sanctuary founder. The audience responded with a generosity and keenness of interest that I've seldom seen bestowed on any speaker. Everyone in the hall was rooting for Jenny from the start. More impressively, they were still with Jenny an hour later, when she was bringing them over more challenging terrain, i.e. the ugly truths of animal agriculture. Looking around the room, I could see students shaking their heads in disbelief and horror at the routine killing of millions of baby male chicks in the poultry industry, or tearing up at the heartbreaking sights and sounds of mother cows being separated from their newborns. Jenny was careful throughout to leaven the emotional "heavy lifting" with humor, personal anecdotes, and her effortless, magnetic personal warmth and kindness. Later, my students told me it was the best talk they had ever seen on campus, and several said they were now planning to give up meat.
John Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Humanities and Arts
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jenny spoke to over 400 students and faculty at James Madison University last week. Her four presentations were eye opening for many…and truly transformational for others. Her passionate approach and undeniable evidence created an atmosphere of true learning and intelligent dialogue among students, and they found her accessible, knowledgeable, and wonderfully friendly. We will have her back to speak each year!
Dr. Eric Pappas
James Madison University
Jenny's presentation is a simply wonderful combination of heartfelt appeal, argument, and striking empirical details, with plenty of humor included. It combines the virtues of powerful advocacy and careful ethical argument. It should be a part of every college class that includes a consideration of the ethics of human behavior towards animals.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Colorado at Boulder
In 2017, Jenny visited and gave a talk that was a turning point for a group of students--- these students then took charge of two of our student groups: animal ethics and environmental activism. We’ve had a lot of great events from those groups these past couple of years—most notably, the big climate strike on 9/20. I met Jenny when she visited my classes on 9/19/19, the day before our recent climate strike. I have no doubt that her visit is a turning point for a new generation of students. One student who left class crying gave a speech to our campus community about the personal changes she’s making and specifically thanked Jenny for opening her eyes.
Jenny delivered the best talk I’ve ever attended on animal ethics. That is not an exaggeration. Students laughed, cried, and underwent some transformative learning. Honestly, I was not expecting it to be so great. I assumed it would sort of just talk about the animal welfare horrors of factory farming. Well, it did that and so much more! She also made the talk philosophically important, making subtle arguments philosophers want to hear in this discourse.
More importantly, the talk was so, so good as a fun, engaging talk. It is especially difficult to make some of the rhetorical points students find uncomfortable. I wish I could perform like Jenny. It was a beautiful presentation. She controlled the room like a masterful stand-up comic, and, like a masterful orator, carefully led the audience up to each dramatic crescendo.
Amazingly, Jenny tailored the rhetoric of the talk for each of the classes she visited. In the environmental class, there was plenty of information about the connection between factory farming and climate catastrophe. In my intro to philosophy course, Jenny noticed a lot of athletes and—on the fly, mind you!—adjusted the talk to focus more on the dietary benefits of veganism for athletes.
I wish we could have Jenny in every course I teach!
Visiting Assistant Professor
Jenny Brown is an awesome presenter! She is engaging, informative, and genuine at the same time. She provides a lot of data and information, but she is also a great storyteller! Her personal journal, her sense of humor, and her ability to balance the sad with the funny is remarkable. Her talk is one of the very best talks I’ve ever heard! I have encouraged all my friends to invite her to their campuses. She is passionate, knowledgeable, effective, and inspiring!
One of my students heard Jenny talk in 2017 and changed her life as a result. She says that talk made her realize the suffering animals endure – even in some small farms – and that “we truly do vote with our dollar and I can do my part to decrease that suffering by altering my food purchases. I was a vegetarian prior to this and left vegan. I remember going to the dining hall directly after her talk and standing in line knowing at that moment I would never put cheese again on my sandwich.” This student is now the president of our Animal Ethics Club and has continued to advocate for animals.
I should also note that Jenny is super friendly one-on-one too, and is excited to have dinner with students, answer further questions, and just hang out. The students absolutely loved meeting her! I am so happy that she was able to visit our campus!
Professor of Philosophy
I have had Jenny come to many of my philosophy classes. The reaction from the students is overwhelmingly positive, even for students that disagree with her position. She comes across as warm and caring, with a sense of humor and a great sense of compassion. She has the talent of presenting the case for veganism in a way that is very accessible. Her presentation is very informative, and although the images and clips she presents are graphic and disturbing, she makes it clear that these are presented to inform students, and never to shock or upset them for it's own sake. Her presentation has provoked a great deal of discussion in my classes, and has resulted in many students becoming much more aware of the ethics of their food choices. I have no doubt that she has had an impact with students that they will take with them far beyond the classroom. I would recommend her presentation to any educator that wishes to challenge their students to consider the ethical implications of our food production system, as well as our relationship to our fellow earthlings.”
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Mt. San Antonio College & Chaffey College
I am a professor at SUNY-Sullivan in New York, and it has been my extreme pleasure to get to know Jenny Brown. I teach a Food Ethics class at the college, and it was about seven years ago that I first took my students to The Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock. A third of my course is discussion of the ethics of eating animals. For most of my students, this is a concept that they’ve never considered. I thought it would be good for them to see the animals up close, but I had no idea that meeting Jenny and having a tour of the Sanctuary with her would transform their lives. Me, too.
It’s hard to explain all the ways that Jenny opens one’s eyes. She’s funny, brilliant, caring, honest, sensitive, informed, and incredibly good at talking to students at a level that they can follow and understand. She knows every animal by name and exactly all the ways they behave. My students came to understand how animals are so much like people. They have their unique ways, whether they’re pigs, goats, cows, or chickens. By the end of the tour, all the students had enormous smiles on their faces. Life changing.
After that day, I made the trip to the Woodstock Sanctuary a requirement for Food Ethics. When Jenny Brown’s book came out, I immediately made that a text for the class. Not surprisingly, it became the favorite book among the students.
Jenny is a remarkable teacher and lecturer. In my experience I can’t think of anyone who has done a better job of communicating to people. She has a special skill when it comes to sharing information, but more than that, she gets people to think.
Dr. Timothy M. Russell
I am writing to highly recommend Jenny Brown and to encourage you to provide students with the opportunity to learn from a remarkable person and educator. I have witnessed Jenny deliver a powerful keynote address to a packed audience at the Conference of the North American Vegetarian Society, connect with college students while giving a passionate, yet fact-filled talk, and generously give two and half hours of her time touring students at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. I have appreciated students’ incredibly positive reaction to her talk and her book, “The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals”. Over the past several years, students taking the First Year Seminar “Animals” that I teach have described being changed by her story and that of the individual animals that she has cared for.
Jenny Brown, given her personal story, professional experiences, knowledge, and elite communication skills, is uniquely qualified to deliver talks on the lives of animals, the health of our planet, and the power of personal decision-making. Jenny has the ability to connect with students’ hearts while also sparking their intellectual curiosities.
I recommend Jenny Brown with complete confidence and a renewed sense of hope knowing that one of the world’s most effective communicators is challenging students to think critically and to identify ways that they can align their values and practices to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Chris Hirschler, PhD, MCHES
Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Health and Physical Education
Thank you so much, Jenny, for talking to my Animals and Health class at UCF today. Your presentation, More Than Meats the Eye, captivated the students (and me). You did an amazing job presenting a lot of information in an engaging and candid way that kept everyone interested. I appreciated how you introduced your personal journey as well, which helped students connect with you on a personal level. The information you presented is so important to helping us all become more informed and healthier consumers, to understand the impact of our choices on animals and the environment, and open our eyes to the suffering of billions. And you did all that with just the right blend of humor, facts, and compassion. Thank you for all you do.
Professor of Sociology
University of Central Florida
I was so pleased that Jenny Brown, a long-time advocate in the animal protection movement, came to Georgia State University in Atlanta to share her expertise on the injustices of animal agribusiness, revealing so many hidden truths about the lives of all different animal species used by agribusiness -- hens used for their eggs, cows used for their breast milk, baby calves used for "veal," and pigs, chickens, cows turkeys, and fishes used for their flesh. She is compassionate both to the animals and also to the audience, as she relates her own unexpected journey to transition to a cruelty-free lifestyle and to start a sanctuary to rescue farmed animals and educate the public about animals as sentient individuals. While the topic is serious, her presentation style embodies a lot of energy and humor, and she keeps it real in her conversational tone that students can relate to.
Carrie Packwood Freeman
Professor of Communication
Georgia State University