The Annual Tom Regan Memorial Lecture

CAF instituted the Annual Tom Regan Memorial Lecture in order to celebrate the life and thought of philosopher, animal advocate, and CAF co-founder Tom Regan, who died in February 2017. The lecture, is delivered by a leading scholar of animal rights.

In 2018, feminist theorist Carol J. Adams, who in 1988 received a grant for what would become her pioneering work, The Sexual Politics of Meat, gave the inaugural Regan Memorial Lecture, entitled “Animal Ethics and Contemporary Politics.”

In 2019, legal scholar Sherry F. Colb, C.S. Wong Professor of Law at Cornell University, presented a lecture entitled “Subjects of a Death,” at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress in Boulder, Colorado. (She is pictured with, from left to right, former board member Gary Comstock, current CAF VP Karen Regan and Michael Regan, CAF co-founder Nancy Regan, legal scholar Michael Dorf, and CAF board member Mylan Engel.)

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Regan lecture was postponed until 2021, when advisory board member and Black vegan feminist scholar Syl Ko presented the Regan lecture, with the title “Re-centering the Human,” in collaboration with Rev. Christopher Carter of the University of San Diego.


“It’s incredible to have a memorial lecture so that we can lift up what Tom has done, reflect on it, and continue to help shape new animal rights theory, new animal rights activism.”—Carol J. Adams