"To Be or not to Be Vegetarian --- That is the Question." YAPAC Vegetarian Panel Discussion.

Yale-NUS Association for the Protection of Animals from Cruelty is proud to present "To Be or not to Be Vegetarian --- That is the Question.", a vegetarian panel discussion featuring high-profile speakers across different disciplines in Singapore. Joining the event as panelists are: Mr. Louis Ng, Dr. George Jacobs, Mrs. Soh Wan Keem, and Dr. Malcolm Keating.

The event will feature a 40 minutes panel discussion followed by a 15 minutes question and answering session open to the floor. After the panel discussion a small reception with refreshments will be held.

The panelists:

Mr. Louis Ng

Member of Parliament

Founder and Chief Executive of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES)

Mr. Ng’s dedication to animal welfare started at a young age. At 21 he decided to take up a vegetarian diet, and then pursued a degree at NUS in Biology and a Masters in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. In 2001, Mr. Ng co-founded ACRES together with some friends. He has remained the Chief Executive Officer. Since 2012, Mr. Ng has been a member of the Animal Welfare Legislation Review Committee and the Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration Committee. During the time serving on these committees he assisted in drafting the animal protection legislation in Singapore. In October of 2014, Mr. Ng announced that he was joining the People’s Action Party, and in this year’s General Election he was elected Member of Parliament.

Mr. Ng was awarded the “HSBC/NYAA Youth Environmental Award” in 2002 for his outstanding contribution in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation in Singapore. In 2007, Mr. Ng was presented with “The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore” award.

Dr. George Jacobs

President of the Vegetarian Society (Singapore) (VSS)

Learning Advisor at James Cook University Singapore

Dr. Jacobs adopted a vegetarian lifestyle in 1980 and has in later years switched to a vegan diet. Educated in the United States he pursued a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Master of Arts (Linguistics with a Specialization in TESOL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1991, Dr. Jacobs received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Jacobs has lived in Singapore since 1993 and has taught for various institutions, such as the Ministry of Education (Singapore), the National Institute of Education (Singapore), and James Cook University. For more than a decade, he has been the President of the Vegetarian Society (Singapore) (VSS), which seeks to spread awareness about the benefits of moving towards vegetarian diets. Dr. Jacobs is also on the board of Kampung Senang and helped to form Veggie Thursday.

Dr. Jacobs has published widely on teaching methodology and Socio-linguistics as well as on vegetarianism as a sustainable life choice. His published works include: (2010) Essentials for successful language teaching (2010), Academic Controversy: A cooperative way to debate. Intercultural Education (2010), and How our chopsticks, forks and spoons can help fight global warming (2010). EPE (Earth & Peace Education) Transitions.

Mrs. Soh Wan Keem

Founder and Chief Executive Health.Nutrition Consultancy

Senior Dietitian with Bright Vision Hospital

Workplace Health Provider Consultant for the Health Promotion Board (HPD)

Mrs. Soh is a member of the Vegetarian Society of Singapore and keeps a vegetarian diet. She is a qualified dietitian, with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University. In 1992, Mrs. Soh founded Health.Nutrition Consultancy, which is a Health Promotion Board (HPB) certified workplace health provider. Mrs. Soh is also a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (USA), the American Overseas Dietetic Association, and the Singapore Nutrition & Dietetics Association. Given Mrs. Soh’s certification with the HPD, she represents the Health Promotion Board and the Singapore National Employers Federation in conducting workplace health facilitator courses.

Mrs. Soh was twice the receiver of the Maurine Allison O'Bannon Memorial Scholarship (USA). She is also a member of the Omicron Nu National Honor Society (membership by invitation).

Dr. Malcolm Keating

Assistant Professor Yale-NUS College Humanities (Philosophy)

Dr. Keating holds a pescetarian diet since 2013. In 2015, he completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, St Louis.

Dr Keating’s research is centered on Indian philosophy, specifically Mīmāṃsā and other orthoprax Indian traditions. His focus is on the philosophy of language and related topics such as epistemology and logic. Journal publications include: (2015) “Thinking about Embedded Metaphors” Journal of Pragmatics, (2013) “The Cow is to be Tied Up: Sort-Shifting in Classical Indian Philosophy” History of Philosophy and (2013) “Mukulabhaṭṭa’s Defense of Lakṣaṇā: How We Use Words to Mean Something Else, but Not Everything Else” Journal of Indian Philosophy.

Thu Nov 19, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM SGT
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