The Yale College Vegetarian Society

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Past Events

  • October 9-10, 2004 - YCVS hosted the Ivy League Peta Convention.
  • April 28, 2004 - Dr. Fred Pescatore gave a talk on low-carbohydrate diets. Dr. Pescatore, M.D., M.P.H, practices both traditional and integrative medicine and is a leading expert on low-carbohydrate diets. He worked with Dr. Atkins as the Associate Medical Director of the Atkins Center and recently opened the Centers for Integrative and Complementary Medicine. He is the author of Feed Your Kids Well: How to Help Your Child Lose Weight and Get Healthy and Thin for Good: The One Low Carbohydrate That Will Work For You. His new book, The Hamptons Diet, was released in May.
  • October 30, 2003 - In collaboration with Yale People for Animal Welfare (PAW), YCVS brought Brenda Davis of the Compassion for Animals Road Expedition (CARE) to give a talk, "Eating For Life: The Optimal Diet," in LC 211. [PDF poster] She also spoke that day on "Exploding Nutrition Myths" for the Southern Connecticut Vegetarian Society at Miya's.
  • September 11, 2003 - YCVS Asian food dinner (+ home-made gelato) at Ben's place
  • September 4, 2003 - YCVS kickoff dinner at Mark's apartment, featuring Edge of the Woods produce and recipes from Moosewood Cooks at Home!
  • August 21, 2003 - YCVS summer dinner at Eliot's apartment
  • April 30, 2003 - Dinner made from ingredients from Edge of the Woods
  • April 9, 2003 - Dr. Michael Greger delivered his lecture, "Optimum Vegetarian Nutrition: Surprising New Research on Omega 3's and B12"
  • March 6, 2003 - Strike Week Dinner
  • January 23, 2003 - Kickoff meeting in Tiffany's room
  • January 19, 2002 - Cooking party
  • Fall 2001 - Film screening
  • 2001 - Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat and other books on the relationship between feminism and vegetarianism, spoke on campus in association with Yale Law School's Rebel Law conference


By Clark Freifeld, YCVS co-founder

I first got the idea for the group when I came to campus as a pre-frosh and didn't find any vegetarian groups, and everyone was telling me to start one. So I got together with Matt Runkle and Siddhartha Shukla, and we started getting the paperwork together in the spring of our freshman year, 1997.

We were pretty active in 1997-1998, given that it was our first year. In the fall we did a tabletent campaign with various facts about food, in a series of about three or four issues, with topics ranging from nutrition to environmental impact. We had our first potluck dinner in Dwight Hall on February 14th, 1998. In collaboration with Connecticut EarthSave, we brought retired cattle rancher and vegan activist Howard Lyman to do a Master's Tea in Davenport College and then speak to an audience of students and New Haven community members on March 24th, 1998. Major particpants that year, besides me and Matt Runkle, were Sarah Donaldson, Alex Cuevas, Hrishikesh Hirway, Karl Tupper, Alison Woolery, graduate student Jim Hormuzdiar, Matt Cohler, and others I'm forgetting.

In 1998-1999, our junior year, Matt Runkle became chairman of YSEC, so he essentially stopped being involved with YCVS. We were less active, but we still participated in a Vegan Advisory Group for Yale Dining Services that included Alex Cuevas and Lise Johnson. In the spring we brought Erik Marcus, author of Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, to speak. Glenn Hurowitz was also active that year.

In 1999-2000, we maybe had one or two meetings, but were essentially inactive. I was off in the fall semester, and then I was focusing on other things in the spring.

In the fall of 2000, I met David Corson-Knowles, and the group underwent a rensaissance. He and I became co-presidents. We had a booth at the Dwight Hall bazaar, we held meetings, we talked to other organizations, etc. We sponsored an informal chat with famed animal rights philosopher Peter Singer. By this time I was living off campus, so we organized two potluck dinners at my apartment, with much success. In association with the Yale Law School's Rebellious Lawyering Conference, we sponsored a talk by vegan "eco-feminist" Carol Adams. The Yale Herald published an article, "Student activists push for better vegetarian meals," in which David and I were quoted; I had a letter to the editor published in the Yale Daily News, "Yale lacks diverse vegetarian and vegan meals". In association with Food From the Earth, we met with the leadership of the Yale Dining Services. Other active participants included gradudate student Jonny Cristol, Michael Ellis, April Rabkin, Jessica Champagne, Bonnie Gulas, Abigail Coursolle, Nicolas Webb, Marek Michelowski, and many others.

Last updated 17 October 2004.